TweetFollow Us on Twitter

November 93 - WAMADA Notes

WAMADA Notes

John MacVeigh

WAMADA's August meeting followed Boston's MacWorld and the introduction of the Newton. So the natural topic was the Newton and its development environment. Our host, Dave Buell of Advanced Laser Graphics, gave us a tour of the Newton Tool kit. He also offered up his newly purchased MessagePad (in guest mode, of course) for the group's "experiments" in hand writing recognition. The Newton Tool kit presented a fairly familiar interface to those who have been working with MacApp and its various view editors. The biggest improvement (and most difficult to do, of course) would be the addition of an emulator which allowed you to try out your work without transferring it to the Newton. Maybe next year. In the meantime, we hope the idea of using objects and frameworks in development tools will diffuse across the corporate boundaries from PIE to whatever the Mac division is called these days.

And speaking of object development environments: the authors of SmallTalkAgents, Quasar Knowledge Systems, made use of the ALG training room during August to present three tutorials on SmallTalk to local developers, WAMADA members included. I expect our members will have similar opportunities in the future.

September and OOPSLA

The September WAMADA meeting was timed to coincide with the OOPSLA conference which took place this year at the Washington Hilton. Four speakers gave talks on a wide range of object technologies. Rock Howard of Tower Technologies started the meeting with an overview of Eiffel. He said that Tower would be moving an Eiffel compiler to the Mac. He did not know, however, whether it would be made to work with MPW or Think. Presumably the announced combination of MPW tools with the Think Project Manager makes this a moot point, but the lack of solid information from Apple on "how?" and "when?" are made evident by Tower's uncertainty. Existing compilers generate C code, but native compilers are on the way. Howard also announced that Tower, in an alliance with Rational, will develop Eiffel implementations of the Booch components.

Rational itself was represented by the next speaker, Doug Hill, who gave a talk on the basics of Grady Booch's design notation and discussed how Rational's tools give the programmer access to that notation. Rational Rose is the name of their CASE tool. The name "rose" arises from the view of the development cycle as a circular (iterative) series of steps, each step making up a petal on a circle. Their view of the development cycle begins with analysis, which leads to the creation of analysis classes. In the design stage these are combined with implementation classes. During development changes are invariably introduced into the analysis, which leads to a second iteration: cook until done. Rational Rose currently provides a GUI for the design notation. In the first quarter of next year version 2 will be introduced which will add a code generator (this on Unix and Windows boxes). Following that, Rational intends to complete the circle by providing a tool (Code Cycle) which will reverse engineer C++ back into design diagrams.

Our third speaker, Ole Madsen, of both Aarhus University and Mjølner Informatics in Norway, discussed the BETA language. In contrast to Rational's view of stepping from a design notation to C++ and then back again (reminiscent of the circular staircases in an Escher sketch), BETA is intended to provide a single language for analysis, design, and implementation. Ole sees modeling and design as the main benefits of object oriented languages, with reusability as a side effect. BETA helps simplify things by using a single abstraction mechanism for classes, procedures, functions, exceptions and processes. Rather than describe BETA here, I'll refer you to the just completed three part FrameWorks series on BETA by Steve Mann. It's worth a look, particularly if C++ is the only object oriented language you've used.

Our final speaker was Bo Klintberg who presented his OSL Scripting Components for MacApp. This product provides C++ source code for MacApp 3.0, three demos (with source), 300 pages of documentation, and 411 files, all in a package which provides your MacApp application with generic scripting capabilities. Sending, receiving, and recording are all supported. And you don't have to change the original MacApp source! Bo estimates that 95% of the core suite descriptors are provided, with support for the data base suite in the works. Once again, a detailed FrameWorks article (written by Bo) is available with all the details on how these components were designed and implemented.

While perusing the latest FrameWorks you may notice that, not coincidentally, many of these products may be purchased through MADA, usually at a worthwhile discount. The plans to expand the range of information and products available from MADA seem to be taking hold, and just in time to buffer the increasingly haphazard support for object technologies from Apple. One veteran participant of OOPSLA pointed out that Apple's previous effort to tout the use of object technologies was noticeably absent this year. On the one hand the alpha shipment of MacApp 3.1 is very welcome news; on the other hand it seems that Bedrock's support for Apple Events (something Apple keeps insisting is vital to their future) won't be much different than MacApp's. Perhaps Apple's internal development plans suffer from the same qualms as purchasers of their hardware: no one wants to invest in the current product because an even better one is just around the corner. MADA can help reduce the pressure to constantly move up to the latest version by providing continued support for those of us on the "trailing edge". At the same time, we are sure to get reports from the pioneers as they begin to explore new frameworks and languages. All in all, not a bad mix.

If you're in the D.C. area, and interested in object oriented programming, give WAMADA a visit. We meet the third Wednesday of every month, beginning around 7:15 p.m. For information on the next meeting, and directions, send a message to JEFFRIES.L on AppleLink, or call Leslie at (301) 340-5126 during business hours (EDT). If you leave her an e-mail address, she can place you on her mail list for WAMADA meeting announcements.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OmniOutliner Pro 4.2 - Pro version of th...
OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's... Read more
VLC Media Player 2.2.1 - Popular multime...
VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It... Read more
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 - Multilingual wo...
Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control,... Read more
Tinderbox 6.2.0 - Store and organize you...
Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals... Read more
OmniOutliner 4.2 - Organize your ideas,...
OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's... Read more
Things 2.5.4 - Elegant personal task man...
Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent... Read more
NeoOffice 2014.10 - Mac-tailored, OpenOf...
NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x... Read more
iPhoto Library Manager 4.2 - Manage mult...
iPhoto Library Manager allows you to organize your photos among multiple iPhoto libraries, rather than having to store all of your photos in one giant library. You can browse the photos in all your... Read more
Web Snapper 3.3.8 - Capture entire Web p...
Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the... Read more
TeamViewer 10.0.41404 - Establish remote...
TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for... Read more

The Apple Watch Could Revolutionize the...
It’s not here yet but there’s that developing sneaky feeling that the Apple Watch, despite its price tag and low battery life, might yet change quite a lot about how we conduct our lives. While I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight... | Read more »
Mad Skills Motocross 2 Version 2.0 is He...
Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a... | Read more »
Kids Can Practice Healthy Living With Gr...
Bobaka is releasing a new interactive book called Green Riding Hood  in May. The app teaches kids about yoga and organic style of life through mini-games and a fun take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. | Read more »
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has...
It's time to put the Darkness back in its place now that Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night has officially made it to iOS. | Read more »
A World of Ice and Fire Lets You Stalk 2...
George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire, by Random House, is a mobile guide to the epic series. The new update gives you the Journeys map feture that will let you track the movements of 25 different characters. But don't worry, you can protect... | Read more »
Gameloft Announces Battle Odyssey, a New...
Battle Odyssey, Gameloft's newest puzzle RPG, is coming to the App Store next week. Set in the world of Pondera, you will need to control the power of the elements to defend the world from evil. You'll be able to entlist over 500 allies to aid you... | Read more »
Here's How You Can Get 5 Free Pro D...
It's only been a couple of days since Gamevil released MLB Perfect Inning 15, so building up a decent roster could still take a little time. If you'd like to speed things up a bit, then we've got a deal for you. How does five free Pro drafts sound?... | Read more »
Fusion - HDR Camera (Photography)
Fusion - HDR Camera 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Fusion creates HDR (high dynamic range) photos by capturing different exposures and then combining them into one... | Read more »
Sago Mini Toolbox (Education)
Sago Mini Toolbox 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Come build with the Sago Mini friends! Use a wrench, try a saw, or hammer some nails. From sewing hand puppets to... | Read more »
You Should Probably Grab Hitman GO While...
Hitman GO is a surprisingly cool (yet also incredibly drastic) departure from the Hitman series. It's well worth playing for any puzzle game fans out there, and at the moment you can get your hands - or garrotte if you will - on it for a mere $0.99... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

TigerText Introduces First Secure Enterprise...
TigerText, a provider of secure, real-time messaging for the enterprise, has announced the launch of TigerText for the Apple Watch. TigerText for the Apple Watch enables users to securely send and... Read more
The Conservation Fund Partners with Apple To...
The Conservation Fund has announced that it will partner with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working... Read more
Clearance 13-inch 2.6GHz Retina MacBook Pro a...
B&H Photo has clearance 2014 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros now available for $1099, or $200 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 13-inch Retina MacBook...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP, NY tax...
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPhone 5S for $1 with service
Best Buy is offering 16GB iPhone 5Ss for $1.00 with 2-year activation at a participating cellular provider. Choose free home shipping and activation, or buy online and activate during in-store pickup... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available starting at $679. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free. These are currently the... Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2349, sav...
 Adorama has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2349 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $150 off MSRP. For a limited time, Adorama will... Read more
Save up to $380 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac – $2119 $... Read more
iFixIt Teardown Awards 12-IInch Retina MacBoo...
iFixIt has posted its illustrated teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook Retina. They note that this new MacBook is less than half the thickness of the last Apple notebook called just “MacBook” back in... Read more

Jobs Board

Event Director, *Apple* Retail Marketing -...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Communication Manager - *Apple* Pay - Apple...
**Job Summary** This position works within the Apple Pay Merchant Solutions team to create, as well as oversee the development of, materials for use by Apple Pay Read more
Project Manager / Business Analyst, WW *Appl...
…a senior project manager / business analyst to work within our Worldwide Apple Fulfillment Operations and the Business Process Re-engineering team. This role will work Read more
Marketing Program Manager, *Apple* Retail O...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.