TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Editor's Desk

Volume Number: 18 (2002)
Issue Number: 101
Column Tag: Editor's Desk

Editor's Desk

by Dave Mark

First, A Note From The Publisher's Desk

It's not often that I get to write, but I did want to touch base with you, our readers, this month on a couple of notable events here at MacTech Magazine.

First, as you will see later in this issue, we're winding down the Programmer's Challenge. As the Challenge is now 10 years old, Bob wants to spend more time with his family. We wish Bob all the best, and give him a hearty "thank you" for all the efforts he's made in helping us learn to program more efficiently.

We are considering new kinds of puzzles and contents, what's doable, and what's not. If you have ideas or feedback on what you'd like to see, drop us a line.

Hello (again) Dave!

As you probably already heard, and see below, we welcome back Dave Mark with open arms. Dave is coming back not only with the "Getting Started" column, but as our new Editor-in-Chief.

We're thrilled to have Dave on board again. We'll continue to cover the kinds of things you want, from REALbasic to CodeWarrior, from Scripting to Network Administration topics. And, we'll look to have even more fun along the way. We're looking for feedback from you all!

    Neil Ticktin, Publisher




Good to be Back

Ten years ago, before the net was big, before Rhapsody, before Copland, even before Greg Galanos and company begat CodeWarrior, I had a chance encounter with my good friend (and your faithful publisher) Neil Ticktin. If memory serves, Neil was at MacWorld having just put the finishing touches on his deal to purchase a then struggling magazine, known as MacTutor, soon to become MacTech. Neil was a blizzard of activity, signing this and doing that, and I got sucked into the maelstrom.

For those young pups in the crowd, I used to be a regular in MacTech. Wrote a column called Getting Started, and another called "From the Factory Floor".

Wrote a bunch of books as well. If you don't know me, maybe you've stumbled across a well-worn copy of "Learn C on the Macintosh" or one of the "The Macintosh Programming Primer" series.

Since my days with MacTech, I've done a lot of adventuring. I hooked up with Metrowerks, had a lot of fun there, met some awesome people. Metrowerks up and sold themselves to Motorola, time to go, started up another startup with some friends (buy me a drink at the next MacWorld or WWDC and I'll tell you all about that roller-coaster ride!)

Somewhere about a year ago, the events started unfolding that brought me back here.

Way back when, I'd played with all the Rhapsody betas, run the early Mac ports of Project Builder and Interface Builder, messed around with Objective-C. But, I don't know, none of it really rang true for me.

Then, about a year ago, a friend of mine gave me his cube, just so I could play with the Mac OS X beta. I was skeptical. And then Apple shipped the Titanium PowerBooks. And I fell in love all over again.

So I'm out in California visiting my buddy Neil, and he plants the seed. "Dave". "Dave". "Come back, Dave". "Write more books". "Start writing your Getting Started column again". "I'll even make you Editor-in-Chief, Dave". LOL. Well, maybe it wasn't quite like that. But close. : )

So here I am. Back in the fold. Enjoying the heck out of my Mac. Doing a tremendous amount of learning. There is SO much cool stuff to play with now. Cool NEW stuff. Like Cocoa, Objective-C, and Objective-C++. Amazing Java and REALbasic apps that feel totally natural running under X. My old friends AppleScript and QuickTime are still here and incredibly well integrated into this new environment.

On the hardware side, Apple has really hit their stride. The digital hub strategy makes sense to me. There's a gorgeous, focused lineup of machines, each outdoing its predecessor. USB and FireWire are also well integrated and ubiquitous enough in the consumer electronics world to make the digital hub a realistic strategy. And the iPod? The iPod is like the icing on the cake.

Bottom line, there's a lot of cool stuff happening and I am really having a blast playing with all these cool toys and learning to program my Mac all over again.

As you can see if you turn the page a bit, I've started my monthly Getting Started column once again. But this time around, my involvement with MacTech is going to be quite a bit deeper. Part of my role as Editor-in-Chief is to reshape the magazine, to find ways to make MacTech Magazine more useful to you.

To that end, we've created an email address that goes right to my doorstep: feedback@mactech.com

Please take a minute or two to drop me a line. Let me know what you like and dislike about the magazine. Want more OS X-centric content? More on Carbon? How about topics like PHP and mySQL? Though I can't promise to reply to every email, I will promise to read every one of them.

All that said, it is great to be back in the fold. I am really looking forward to working with you all again.


From the Editor's chair...

Dave Mark

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

LaunchBar 6.9 - Powerful file/URL/email...
LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides... Read more
MacFamilyTree 8.2.1 - Create and explore...
MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved.... Read more
Spotify 1.0.57.474. - Stream music, crea...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts... Read more
VOX 2.8.26 - Music player that supports...
VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need.... Read more
beaTunes 5.0.1 - Organize your music col...
beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections. How well organized is your music library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM?... Read more
LibreOffice 5.3.4.2 - 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
Sparkle Pro 2.2 - $79.99
Sparkle Pro will change your mind if you thought building websites wasn't for you. Sparkle is the intuitive site builder that lets you create sites for your online portfolio, team or band pages, or... Read more
calibre 3.1.1 - Complete e-book library...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian... Read more
calibre 3.1.1 - Complete e-book library...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian... Read more
Sparkle Pro 2.2 - $79.99
Sparkle Pro will change your mind if you thought building websites wasn't for you. Sparkle is the intuitive site builder that lets you create sites for your online portfolio, team or band pages, or... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

This War of Mine gets a new ending and m...
This War of Mine just got a big new update, featuring free DLC that adds a new ending to the game, among other exciting changes. The update is celebrating the game's two-year release anniversary. Apart from the new ending, which will be quite... | Read more »
Summon eight new heroes in Fire Emblem H...
Nintendo keeps coming at us with Fire Emblem Heroes updates, and it doesn't look like that trend is stopping anytime soon. The folks behind the game have just announced the new War of the Clerics Voting Gauntlet, expected to start next Tuesday. [... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
iOS publishers are pulling out all the stops this week -- there's a huge number of seriously great games at discounted prices this week. Let's not waste any time and get right down to business. [Read more] | Read more »
The House of da Vinci (Games)
The House of da Vinci 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Enter The House of Da Vinci, a new must-try 3D puzzle adventure game. Solve mechanical puzzles, discover hidden... | Read more »
Solve the disappearance of history’s gre...
Blue Brain Games invites you to indulge in an immersive hands-on 3D puzzle adventure in similar vein to The Room series, with its debut release The House of Da Vinci. Set during the historic period of the Italian Renaissance (when Leonardo himself... | Read more »
Age of Rivals (Games)
Age of Rivals 3.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 3.3 (iTunes) Description: Deep civilization-building strategy in a fast-paced card game! | Read more »
Panthera Frontier (Games)
Panthera Frontier 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Angry Birds Evolution beginner's gu...
Angry Birds changes things up a fair bit in its latest iteration, Angry Birds Evolution. The familiar sling-shot physics mechanics are still there, but the game now features team-based gameplay, RPG elements, and a new top-down view. With all of... | Read more »
Sega Forever is for the retro game fans
Sega is launching a new retro games service titled Sega Forever, in a move that's sure to delight games enthusiasts with a bit of nostalgia. Sega's releasing five classic games for free. The titles include Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II,... | Read more »
The Little Acre (Games)
The Little Acre 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

ABBYY TextGrabber 6 for iOS Implements Instan...
ABBYY has announced the release of TextGrabber 6.0.0, an important feature update to the company’s productivity app developed for iOS and Android devices. TextGrabber 6.0 now offers Real-Time... Read more
vPhone, First Smartphone That Can’t Be Lost,...
Austin, Texas based Hypori has introduced the vPhone, a virtual smartphone that affords every business user the benefits of separate work and personal phones, conveniently delivered on a single... Read more
Save this weekend with 2016 refurbished MacBo...
Apple has dropped prices on Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ and 13″ MacBook Pros by as much as $590 off original MSRP. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: -... Read more
New 27-inch 3.4GHz iMac on sale for $1699, sa...
MacMall has the new 2017 27″ 3.4GHz iMac (MNE92LL/A) in stock and on sale for $1699 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Clearance 2016 MacBook Pros available for up...
B&H Photo has clearance 2016 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $400 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 15″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Apple Ranks 9th In comScore Top 50 U.S. Digit...
comScore, Inc. has released its monthly ranking of U.S. online activity at the top digital media properties for May 2017 based on data from comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform. * Entity has... Read more
10.5-inch iPad Pros available for up to $20 o...
B&H Photo has the new 2017 10.5″ iPad Pros available for up to $20 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 64GB iPad Pro WiFi: $649 - 256GB iPad Pro WiFi: $749 - 512GB... Read more
Three Off-The-Beaten-Track iOS Apps That Dese...
One of the great things about using iPads and iPhones is the vast selection of apps available for most anything you want or need to do. The three outlined in this article have been in my core app... Read more
Apple No. 1 Spot In Gartner Top 100 Vendors i...
Gartner, Inc. has unveiled the top global 100 vendors in IT in 2016 based on their revenue across IT (excluding communication services) and component market segments. In the Gartner Global Top 100:... Read more
Clearance iMacs available for up to $300 off...
B&H Photo has clearance 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs available starting at $949, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $1999 $300 off original MSRP - 27″... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* News Product Marketing Mgr., Publish...
…organizational consensus on strategy and vision for publisher tools, authoring, and Apple News Format.Carries this strategy and vision across the organization to 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
Security Data Analyst - *Apple* Information...
…data sources need to be collected to allow Information Security to better protect Apple employees and customers from a wide range of threats.Act as the subject matter Read more
Lead *Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple I...
…integrity, and trust.Success Metrics/Key Performance Indicators:Quantitative* Year over Year growth in Apple Product and Beyond the Box sales in the assigned Point of Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant till v%u00E5r...
…ethics, integrity, and trust.Success Metrics/Key Performance Indicators:QuantitativeYear over Year growth in Apple Product and Beyond the Box sales in the assigned Point Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.