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November 93 - Office Memo: The More Things Change…

Office Memo: The More Things Change…

Arvid Jedlicka

I thought scanning back issues of FrameWorks might help prepare me for the task of "Temporary Publisher". The exercise turned into more of a history lesson than a publishing seminar, but still worth the effort.

Volume 1, #1, December, 1986
Items of interest include "The MacApp Developers Association was formed in August at the MacWorld Expo in Boston, and is still looking for new members and directions."

Volume 1, #2, March, 1987
The first article with code. It's in Object Pascal.

Volume 1, #3, May, 1987
The MacApp Developers Association makes it's first product offerings, the MacApp Browser and the Object Library Disk.

Volume 2, #2, April, 1988
You can tell that the MacApp Developers Association is a 'for real' organization. It offers polo shirts with a "Fancy 4-color Programmer's Knot" emblem and t-shirts with Object Pascal code on the back.

Volume 3, #1, April, 1989
Having gotten the t-shirt thing out of the way, it is announced that organization is incorporated and the membership will be electing a Board of Directors. Nominations are sought.

Volume 3, #5, January, 1990
The first annual MacApp conference, to be held in San Diego, is announced.

Volume 6, #2, March, 1992
The MacApp Developers Association changes it's name to MADA. Conversations at Developer Conferences usually go: "What's it stand for?". "uh … Nothing".

Current Issue
The products offered include packages for Unix and Windows environments. A new publication specifically directed towards the PDA developer is made available. The fifth annual conference is going to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. To properly reflect this new reality, the organization's name is changed to the "Software Frameworks Association". It becomes much easier to explain what we are.

What's it mean to you

It means the organization is doing many things to keep you up-to-date on the latest in object technology. But "…is still looking for new members and directions." from 1986 still seems to be appropriate.

What can you do? How about contacting a board member with your ideas and suggestions? How about nominating someone (the person in the mirror would be a good candidate?) for a board position? How about being sure you vote?

And if elected, along with guiding us towards new opportunities in object technology, how about some new t-shirts?

 

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