TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Nov 95 Crabbs Apple
Volume Number:11
Issue Number:11
Column Tag:Crabb’s Apple

Visually Speaking

By Don Crabb

It’s November, 1995. Do you know where your Mac development efforts are heading? Will they be linked, arm-in-arm, with Metrowerks, Symantec, and Apple, or will you set-off in the direction of one of the Mac’s third party niche tools companies, like Main Event, Pictorius, MainStay, QKS, or Digitool? Maybe you’re even making the move to client/server development and are hunkering down with Oracle, 4th Dimension, Sybase, or even Filemaker Pro 3.0 (relational) and the FM Pro Server. And how much of your efforts are to develop software for both the Mac and Windows 95?

Visual Basic 4.0 for the Mac?

No matter what direction your Mac development efforts will take you, however, they won’t take you to Microsoft’s Visual Basic 4.0. MS has said “no way” to porting VB to the Mac, thus adding yet another brick to the wall isolating you from potential customers.

Customers who might buy your Mac products for their Mac ghettos if they could somehow interoperate your Mac apps effectively with their huge installed base of Windows products, most of which are driven by OLE.

Customers you might have reached a little faster if only you’d had the aid of VB 4.0 for the Mac to prototype and develop your Mac apps to live and work in a Windows world.

But Microsoft says “no way.” They don’t want Mac developers porting their apps to Windows. They want Mac developers to dump the Mac and develop directly for the 32 bit API of Win95 and NT.

The Importance of OLE and VB

No matter how little you think of OLE 2.0, it’s not going to go away just because OpenDoc is a better SOM implementation. And Visual Basic 4.0 is the raison d’tre of OLE 2.0. VB 4.0 lives and breathes OLE. It can create every kind of OLE server and container, including in-process servers.

With VB 4.0, the OCX standard has arrived with a flourish. VBX controls are automatically converted to OCX controls. The OCX language dialect is now VB and the runtime engine is shared by all MS Office 95 applications that use VB. And every third party addon module to Office 95.

You cannot, however, create OCX controls in VB, but you’d buy Borland’s Delphi 95 for that (yet another top Windows development tool that will not make it to the Mac).

VB 4.0 is also the defacto scripting language for Windows 95, even if MS has not pushed it as such (nor bundled it with the Win95 package as they should). As much as I love AppleScript and scripting on the Mac, VB 4.0 can do things that you can’t do nearly as well with AppleScript (even with 3rd party aids like Scripter and FaceSpan), like creating commercial applications or OLE objects. Visual Basic 4.0, in short, is a big deal. And it’s a bad deal for Mac developers (and customers) not to have it available for Macintosh.

What’s Hot About VB 4.0?

VB 4.0 is what I call a bridge language. It can be used by customers used to write application or system macros and scripts. It can be used by managers to create quickie apps. And it can be used by hard core application developers for everything from simple programs to advanced, enterprise-wide client/server applications thanks to its, different editions.

Professional Edition

The VB Professional Edition revolves around building Windows solutions quickly, making it a good fit for corporate IS departments. Coupled with the Visual Basic for Applications language engine (common across many MS apps), you get core developers able to communicate easily, leveraging their skills.

Enterprise Edition

For large programming teams building big applications, Microsoft provides Visual Basic, Enterprise Edition. It enables teams to develop with Visual Basic via the integrated Microsoft Visual SourceSafe(TM) project-oriented version control system. The Enterprise Edition also features fast, direct access to remote client/server databases with the Remote Data Control.

The list of what the Enterprise Edition of VB can do is long and impressive. Assuming you have at least half a brain, Microsoft expects that you can develop and debug a fully distributed application on a single workstation, then dynamically deploy it to network servers without much special help.

You can partition your application into MS-standard reusable OLE business rule components, which makes it easy to reuse these components, across your net, with different development tools. You can also use the Remote Data control for high-speed access to ODBC data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server and ORACLE. You can also keep team projects on track by using the Visual SourceSafe version control system which works through MS’s Solutions Frameworks

Network for Distributed Services.

In addition, and in no small measure, VB was designed to work with future Windows OS architectures (including NT), making it a very forgiving environment when MS pushes all of its Win95 customers over to WinNT (Cairo) in 1997-98. The Enterprise Edition of VB touts itself as the first second generation client/server tool that encourages developers to build scalable, maintainable, and widely reusable applications in a RAD environment. While that may be an exaggeration, the Enterprise Edition of VB is an important tool that will be widely used by our Windows chums.

And we have nothing like it for the Macintosh.

Numbers Don’t Lie

And that, like everything else in the VB scenario is bad for us. More than two million copies of VB have been put into developers hands, making it one of the most popular platform-specific tools you can buy for Windows. Name one Mac development tool that has sold two million copies.

The Microsoft Way

Bottom line, Microsoft is not about to expand VB’s reach to help us. Instead, they’re contented with keeping “the Mac in its place,” as a senior MS official told me recently. He went on to say that there was “no chance at all,” of VB being ported to the Mac, because MS was “not interested long term in helping the Mac work with Windows.” In fact, since “we’d rather that you guys just go away, why should we port our best devtools to you,” he concluded.

Why, indeed?

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Vienna 3.0.6 :5eaf312: - RSS and Atom ne...
Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides... Read more
Kodi 15.1.rc1 - Powerful media center to...
Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user... Read more
Bookends 12.5.8 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (... Read more
Chromium 44.0.2403.125 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 44.0.2403.125: This release contains a number... Read more
iMazing 1.2.2 - Complete iOS device mana...
iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
Audio Hijack 3.2.0 - Record and enhance...
Audio Hijack (was Audio Hijack Pro) drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio... Read more
FontExplorer X Pro 5.0.1 - Font manageme...
FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts. Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your... Read more
Calcbot 1.0.2 - Intelligent calculator a...
Calcbot is an intelligent calculator and unit converter for the rest of us. Featuring an easy-to-read history tape, expression view, intuitive conversion, and much more! Features History Tape -... Read more
MTR 5.0.0.1 - The Mac's oldest and...
MTR (was MacTheRipper)--the Mac's oldest and smartest DVD-backup app--is now updated to version 5.001 MTR -- the complete toolbox, not a one-trick, point-and-click extractor. MTR is intended for... Read more
LibreOffice 4.4.5.2 - Free, open-source...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more

Card King: Dragon Wars - Tips, Tricks an...
[Read more] | Read more »
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has brou...
Bandai Namco has released Pac-Man Championship Edition DX on iOS and Android, which features the classic arcade gameplay that we've all grown to love. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX can be enjoyed in much shorter bursts than the arcade versions... | Read more »
Cosmonautica (Games)
Cosmonautica 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Cast off! Are you ready for some hilarious adventures in outer space? | Read more »
Rescue humanity from a Demon horde in An...
Angel Stone is Fincon's follow up to the massively successful Hello Hero and is out now on iOS and Android. You play as a member of The Resistance, a group of mighty human warriors who have risen up in defiance of the Demon horde threatening to... | Read more »
Gallery Doctor (Photography)
Gallery Doctor 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Free up valuable iCloud and iPhone storage with Gallery Doctor, the only iPhone cleaner that automatically identifies the... | Read more »
You Against Me (Games)
You Against Me 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A simple game… You. Me. Claim, steal, lock, score, win! | Read more »
Yep, it's True - Angry Birds 2 is O...
The not exactly rumors were true and the birds are back. Angry Birds 2 has come to the App Store and the world will... well I suppose it'll still be the same, but now we have more bird-flinging options! [Read more] | Read more »
You Could Design Your Own Card for Chain...
If you've ever wanted to create your own item, weapon, trap, or even monster for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, this is your chance. Auroch Digital is currently holding a contest so that fans can fight to the death (not really) to see which... | Read more »
Bitcoin Billionaire is Going Back in Tim...
If you thought you managed to buy everything there is to buy in Bitcoin Billionaire and make all the money, well you though wrong. Those of you who made it far enough might remember investing in time travel - and it looks like that investment is... | Read more »
Domino Drop (Games)
Domino Drop 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Domino Drop is a delightful new puzzle game with dominos and gravity!Learn how to play it in a minute, master it day by day.Your... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $81 off MS...
Adorama has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2218, $81 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more
Back-to-School with Tablet and Smartphone Acc...
Belkin helps you prepare for the coming school year with a wide variety of the latest mobile and tablet accessories to outfit both grade school and college students. The line-up includes charging... Read more
11-inch MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSR...
Best Buy has 11-inch MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - 11″ 1.6GHz... Read more
iPad Air 2 on sale for up to $100 off MSRP
Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $100 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices available for online... Read more
Sale! 13-inch MacBook Pros on sale for $100 o...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Pros on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.5GHz/500GB MacBook Pro: $999.99 save $100 - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina... Read more
Sale! Save $100 on 13-inch MacBook Airs this...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $899.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model.... Read more
Worldwide Tablet Market Decline Continues, Ap...
The worldwide tablet market declined -7.0% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) with shipments totaling 44.7 million units according to preliminary data from the International Data... Read more
TP-LINK TL-PA8030P KIT Powerline Featuring Ho...
Consumer and business networking products provider TP-LINK is now shipping its TL-PA8030P KIT AV1200 3-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit that expands your home’s network over its... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available for u...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2s available for up to $140 off the price of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 128GB... Read more
Updated Apple iPad Price Trackers
We’ve updated our iPad Air Price Tracker and our iPad mini Price Tracker with the latest information on prices and availability from Apple and other resellers. Read more

Jobs Board

*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
Infrastructure Engineer - *Apple* /Mac - Hil...
Infrastructure Engineer - Apple /Mac Job Code: 1608 # of openings: 1 Description Our fortune 500 client is looking to hire an experienced Infrastructure Engineer to join Read more
Executive Administrative Assistant, *Apple*...
…supporting presentation development for senior leadership. * User experience with Apple hardware and software is preferred. Additional Requirements The following list Read more
*Apple* Bus Company is now hirin - Apple Bus...
Apple Bus Company is now hiring school bus drivers in the Pettis County area. Class B CDL preferred. Free training provided. No nights or weekends required. Flexible Read more
*Apple* Certified Mac Technician - Updated 6...
…and friendly, hands-on technical support to customers troubleshooting and repairing Apple /Mac products with courtesy, speed and skill. Use your problem-solving skills Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.