TweetFollow Us on Twitter

From the Editor

Volume Number: 23 (2007)
Issue Number: 07
Column Tag: Letter From the Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to the July issue of MacTech -- something we're loosely referring to as the programming issue. See, MacTech started off life as a programmer's journal. That was in 1984, for those of you that don't remember back that far. The developer market has gone through many changes, and, MacTech has, too, along with it. Bring us up to the present, and there's probably no better time to jump into some kind of development. There are new tools and utilities that help a developer -- one of almost any skill level -- turn the idea in their head into a functioning application. Of course, while a pencil allows me to draw, I'm no artist. However, through practice and learning from the masters, you can be a developer of some success.

This month, we're very, very pleased to introduce a new column, "The Road to Code." Authored by Dave Dribin, The Road to Code gets you started along the path of becoming a Macintosh Programmer. We've had requests from people -- sysadmins included -- that want to dive in deeper, write their own apps, or at least have the ability to read source code. Think about it: you're a sysadmin and cron isn't doing just what you want. Well, you can download the version of cron that is used in OS X and modify it to your liking, or simply read the source and then know why it is behaving as it is. You can then even file a bug report with the solution to the issue, if you like! This first column starts us off with the basics of C and XCode so we're all starting from the same foundation. Never fear, though, we'll be up to Objective-C, Cocoa and other topics before you know it! You'll also find Dave hanging out on Apple's Cocoa-dev list from time to time, and contributing to the Mac community through his blog at http://www.dribin.org/dave/blog/

John Welch returns with a topic that should interest all system administrators out there, large or small. He teaches us how to automate Apple Remote Desktop using AppleScript. To quote John, "the best sysadmins are lazy." This is why you need to learn how to automate an automation tool like ARD. John gives us several examples with great example AppleScript code.

Ben Greisler brings us another way to increase the value of a machine we already have: Take a standard OS X machine and turn it into a DNS server -- no additional software required. Having a secondary (or tertiary) DNS server available when you're serving DNS is really critical. It's also a nice way to offload lookups from a main machine that may be doing other things as well (like running as an OpenDirectory master).

José Cruz teaches us about using tables in AppleScript, along with presenting those tables in a GUI using AppleScript Studio. Tables, or 'grids,' are a common and important way to display data. Editable tables are even cooler. José takes us through doing just this in "Advanced Tables with AppleScript Studio."

Our MacEnterprise feature this month from Philip Rinehart talks about an interesting, if not little-known feature of OS X. OS X has the ability to bring shell variables into the GUI. However, a piece of that changed when Apple rolled out Security Update 2007-004. Of course, there are applications out there that rely on this functionality. So, how do you work around this new limitation? Check out what the MacEnterprise community came up with!

Want some tips and tricks on serving up Netboot images for multiple Macs? Criss Myers brings you his techniques to having your machines up and running from a Netboot server.

Finally, we feature Steve Modica in our MacTech Spotlight this month. Steve is the founder and CTO of Small Tree Communications, which many of us know from their unique networking products for the Mac platform. The original (and at one point only) source for multiple-Ethernet cards for Macs, we're looking forward to the next round of innovation from Small Tree.

Enjoy the issue -- we're here playing with all of this on our shiny new Leopard Betas, making sure we can bring you the most up to date information when it ships in October!

Edward Marczak,

Executive editor

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

How to get started with live.ly
One could be forgiven for thinking that there are already plenty of streaming video apps out there. It's just that the App Store charts would insist that you're mistaken. [Read more] | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede: Guide to all Savannah an...
A "gotta catch 'em all" joke seems appropriate here, even though we're talking animals in Rodeo Stampede and not pocket monsters. By now you've probably had plenty of rides, tamed some animals and built yourself a pretty nice zoo | Read more »
Is there cross-platform play in slither....
So you've sunken plenty of hours into crawling around in slither.io on your iPhone or iPad. You've got your stories of tragedy and triumph, the times you coiled four snakes at one time balanced out by the others when you had a length of more than... | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede guide to running a better...
In Rodeo Stampede, honing your skills so you can jump from animal to animal and outrun the herd as long as possible is only half the fun. Once you've tamed a few animals, you can bring them home with you. [Read more] | Read more »
VoxSyn (Music)
VoxSyn 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and... | Read more »
Catch Battleplans on Google Play from Ju...
Real-time strategy title Battleplans is due for release on Google Play on June 30th, following its release for iOS systems last month. With its simple interface and pretty graphics, the crowd-pleaser brings a formerly overlooked genre out for the... | Read more »
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sh...
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Books Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Special Release Price $1.99 (Normally $3.99) | Read more »
Five popular free apps to help you slim...
Thanks to retail and advertising, we're used to thinking one season ahead. Here we are just a week into the summer and we're conditioned to start thinking about the fall. [Read more] | Read more »
How to ride longer and tame more animals...
It's hard to accurately describe Rodeo Stampede to people who haven't seen it yet. It's like if someone took Crossy Roadand Disco Zoo and put them in a blender, yet with a unique game mechanic that's still simple and fun for anyone. [Read more] | Read more »
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure...
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure Battling Game 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Teeny Titans, GO! Join Robin for a figure battling RPG of epic proportions! TEENY... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Haven App Launches New Age Of Wirless 911 Eme...
Haven from RapidSOS represents a transformation in access to emergency services from a phone call solely dependent on voice to a robust data connection for voice, text, medical/demographic data.... Read more
Cu Parachute 1.1 Retirement Success PLanning...
Tucson, Arizona based Indie developer Bradley McCarthy has announce the release of Cu (Copper) Parachute 1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices — a tool with which users can continuously... Read more
Research and Markets Releases iPhone 6s Plus...
A new analysis report from Dublin-based Research and Markets observes that with the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple introduced a new rear camera module. The new device has similar structure and technology than... Read more
Apple refurbished Retina MacBook Pros availab...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
12-inch 32GB and 128GB WiFi iPad Pros on sale...
B&H Photo has 12″ 32GB & 128GB WiFi iPad Pros on sale for up to $80 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 12″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749 $50... Read more
6-core Mac Pro available for $3799, save $200
B&H Photo has the 6-core 3.5GHz Mac Pro on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro (sku MD878LL/A): $3799.99, $200 off MSRP Read more
Apple refurbished Apple TVs available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs available for up to $30 off the cost of new models. Apple’s standard one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: -... Read more
13-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1179 $120 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions, Towson...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.