TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Jan 96 Dialog Box
Volume Number:12
Issue Number:1
Column Tag:Dialog Box

Dialog Box

By Matt Neuburg, Managing Editor

Bring Back the Good Old Days

I am an entirely self-taught, by now intermediate level Mac programmer (unabashedly Pascal - CW, though I still utilize Think Pascal 4.0.2) who enjoys MacTech very much. I have been reviewing and learning a great deal from your back issues from the “distant” past! Nevertheless, I do have certain beefs. I am somewhat disturbed by the trend to feature to such a great extent the more technically advanced aspects of programming understood by the few, from which the rest of us can learn very little, I’m afraid. In the past there was a certain gleeful joy about programming, a certain spirit and amazement and perhaps naiveté about it all that seems to be missing now. The magazine seems too severely oriented to the well-equipped professional, with an insufficient amount of time devoted to us weekend, sparetime adventurers.

Additionally, far too much space is given over to Symantec and not enough to Metrowerks. And there is just too %^&* much C++. As a “Pascallian”, I read a lot of C and adapt it to my needs. C++ is impossible, and I find it very hard even to follow the basic ideas being presented. I know that you cannot force people to write articles in any one language (and I know that C++ and C for that matter aren’t going to disappear), but it would be great if you encouraged authors whose articles are in C/C++ to make some effort to put the Pascal/OP counterpart in a parenthetical or a footnote. At least some effort ought to be made to explain the less obvious portions of the C/C++ program code by pointing out various things that Pascal programmers should be aware of and by offering possible Pascal/OP solutions where that is possible. After all, as was noted in the November issue somewhere, MacTech is the only programming magazine for the Mac! Efforts should be made to include more of us in the challenge that is Mac programming. I, for one, don’t like feeling left out for no good reason. Thanks.

- Jeff Niederhoffer

[Jeff, I sympathize strongly with your plea. At MacTech, we’re looking to extend our scope to include once more those “weekend, sparetime adventurers” - without, of course, losing our edge as a forum for the professional developer community. Of course, sending us the articles is up to you, the readers! - Ed. man]

[As for your comments on Symantec vs. Metrowerks, please take note (in this issue) of the introduction of “From the Factory Floor” - our new column to give Metrowerks a presence in the magazine. You should expect to see this as a regular feature and you should take pride in knowing that you, the readers, made it happen. - Ed. nst]

Apple Missing its Chance to Rewrite the OS

Scott Boyd hit the nail on the head with his comments, in the November issue of MacTech, about overcoming limitations. Apple has made a tragic mistake in the way it is handling compatibility with Copland. The legacy code of Apple continues to grow, with all its limitations. It is very sad that developers are constantly faced with constraints that could have been built out of the system years ago.

Apple needs to look at the OS and see that when a machine has 8-16 meg as standard, 32K worth of text (or less if it’s a big font) is ridiculously small. Apple has also recommended that we avoid creating too many resources (I can’t recall the exact figure, but I believe it is in the 2K range). In Apple’s words, “The Resource Manager is not a Database”. My question is: Why not? Why can’t we have a 10,000 entry file that contains 60K of text that can be written in a few lines of code? Why do we need to do linear searches to find a resource?

How could Apple have fixed these problems? One obvious way might be to create new Managers with new APIs. I’m sure developers would flock to such managers. While this would work, I think Apple could have done something more radical to rid itself of all this legacy code.

Apple could have created Gershwin from the start, a real multi-tasking OS. For compatibility, it could create a virtual System 7 machine, much like MS Windows creates a virtual machine for DOS programs. This could have been a single thread in Gershwin that emulated a System 7 environment, with 68k emulation and all. Gershwin programs would be 100% native, running on a pre-emptive native OS. If you need to run System 7 software, you have that too. The toolbox APIs could be completely rewritten, no constraints required. Likewise, Apple could have written a new file system that fixes many of the limitations of HFS. The File System Translation Manager would support old “inferior” file systems, much in the same way as we can read and write DOS disks.

Of course, we know none of this will happen. And unfortunately, it also means that we won’t see a truly pre-emptive MacOS for at least 4 to 5 years. Boy, that Mac will be great in the year 2000; I can’t wait. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mac. It is just disappointing that Apple has stumbled so much for so long.

- Mark Munz, Puppy Dog Software

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

WhatsApp 0.2.5862 - Desktop client for W...
WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for... Read more
Things 3.1.3 - 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
BetterTouchTool 2.292 - Customize Multi-...
BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
Things 3.1.3 - 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
BetterTouchTool 2.292 - Customize Multi-...
BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
Bookends 12.8.3 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
Mellel 3.5.5 - The word processor for sc...
Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual... Read more
Mellel 3.5.5 - The word processor for sc...
Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual... Read more
Bookends 12.8.3 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.18 - Easy-to-use...
Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous,... Read more

4 RPGs like Final Fantasy XV that deserv...
Square Enix announced another Final Fantasy XV spin-off today - Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. This mobile, episodic version of the hit RPG gives the game a chibi-fied makeover. The first episode will be free, followed by 9 more premium episodes... | Read more »
Guild sieges and soul gems in latest upd...
Webzen’s MU Origin hit app stores last year, giving fans of fantasy hack-n-slash MMOs like Diablo a new fix to fixate on. This latest update introduces a competitive guild battle, a fresh dungeon challenge, a mini-game and some elemental gems to... | Read more »
Little Red Lie (Games)
Little Red Lie 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ARE YOU MORE AFRAID OF POVERTY THAN DEATH? Little Red Lie is a narrative-focused, interactive fiction experience that reduces... | Read more »
You can now apply to be Clash of Clans...
Earlier this month, word got out that the Builder, the trusty handiman who tirelessly built every single building inevery singleClash of Clansbase had called it quits. Sick of seeing his work destroyed endless, the Builder has set out for our world... | Read more »
Meshi Quest beginner's guide - how...
Meshi Quest is Square Enix's newest free-to-play release, and it's a real charmer. You start off as the head of a sushi restaurant, upgrading your food and equipment as you serve visitors heaping helpings of your delicious meals. As you progress,... | Read more »
BUST-A-MOVE JOURNEY (Games)
BUST-A-MOVE JOURNEY 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: BUST-A-MOVE Features:- Shoot bubbles and match 3 or more bubbles of the same color to make them pop!- Complete your... | Read more »
The best card combos in Clash Royale
Clash Royale is all about building a deck of units that synergise well. To help you get off to a flying start, we've put together a list of unit combinations that are incredibly effective. Looking for some choice 2v2 combos? Check out our guide. [... | Read more »
The best 2v2 card combos in Clash Royale
2v2 is making it's grand return toClash Royalequite soon. 2v2 has quickly become one of the game's most popular gameplay modes, though they still have yet to make it a permanent fixture in the game. 2v2 is exciting and adds some new flavor to... | Read more »
The best games we played this week - Aug...
Another busy week has come to a close. We played a lot of excellent games this week and now it's time to look back and reflect on some our favorites. Here are our picks for the week of August 18. [Read more] | Read more »
War Wings beginner's guide - how to...
War Wings is the newest project from well-established game maker Miniclip. It's a World War II aerial dogfighting game with loads of different airplane models to unlock and battle. The game offers plenty of single player and multiplayer action. We... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Sale! 13-inch 2.3GHz MacBook Pros for $100 of...
B&H Photo has 13″ 2.3GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXQ2LL... Read more
2016 MacBook Pros, Apple refurbished, availab...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pros available starting at $1189. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: – 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar Space... Read more
Apple offers Certified Refurbished iPhone 6s...
Apple has Certified Refurbished unlocked iPhone 6s’s and 6s Plus’s available starting at $449. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each phone, and shipping is free: – 16GB iPhone 6s: $449, $... Read more
Apple offers Certified Refurbished Pencils fo...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Apple Pencils available for $85 including free shipping. Their price is $14 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a Pencil. Read more
2016 15-inch 2.6GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro ava...
B&H Photo has clearance 2016 15″ 2.6GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $500 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.6GHz Touch... Read more
21-inch 2.3GHz iMac on sale for $999, save $1...
Amazon has the new 2017 21″ 2.3GHz iMac (MMQA2LL/A) in stock and on sale for $999.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Free Instant Translator 2.0 App For iOS Relea...
Mobile application development company, Neoappz has announced the release and immediate availability of Instant Translator 2.0 for iOS devices. Instant Translator is a user-friendly application which... Read more
2017 15-inch MacBook Pros on sale for $200 of...
Amazon has 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2199.99, $200 off MSRP – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Silver: $2296, $103 off MSRP – 15″... Read more
Apple’s 2017 Back to School Promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free. As part... Read more
Clearance 2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks, Apple...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks available starting at $1019. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more

Jobs Board

Development Operations and Site Reliability E...
Development Operations and Site Reliability Engineer, Apple Payment Gateway Job Number: 57572631 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jul. 27, 2017 Read more
Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Development Operations and Site Reliability E...
Development Operations and Site Reliability Engineer, Apple Payment Gateway Job Number: 57572631 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jul. 27, 2017 Read more
Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.