[MD1] AppMaker Generates Code For Tools Plus
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[MD1] AppMaker Generates Code For Tools Plus

Grantham, NH - June 29, 1999 - Bowers Development has posted an
update for AppMaker to generate source code for Tools Plus Pro
libraries. The update is available for download from
http://members.aol.com/bowersdev/LateNews.html and will be part of
AppMaker #12 which is due for release in about a month.

The Tools Plus Pro libraries + framework is a popular programming
tool that simplifies programming and accelerates development. It
supports all standard user interface elements and popular extras like
floating pallettes, picture buttons, and a 3D look with or without
the Appearance Manager. Applications created with Tools Plus Pro run
on almost any Macintosh and Mac OS as far back as System 6.

AppMaker is a tool that generates source code. "Drag and drop, point
and click, and you have a new application. More than that you have
solid, elegant code which describes that application in C, C++,
Pascal, Java, or even PowerPlant. Simple, elegant, and powerful --
that's what we've come to expect from Macintosh applications, we
shouldn't settle for less in the tools we use to create them. With
AppMaker, we don't have to." - Nick DeMello, Editor of MacTech

For Tools Plus Pro, AppMaker generates:
- resources using Appearance controls
- C++ source code for CodeWarrior Pro 4
- code to open files or create new files
- code to create windows and dialogs
- code to initialize UI items from the value of data items
- code to respond to user action, get the value of a UI item, and store
into a data item
- code which stores each document's data separately
- code for the Save, SaveAs, and Revert commands
- code to respond to menu items and invoke modal or modeless dialogs.
- programmer-specified code fragments inserted into the appropriate places
in generated code to perform application-specific actions.

Said Steve Makohin, president of Water's Edge Software and primary
engineer of Tools Plus Pro, "[this is] especially neat. The project
looks like a ready-to-go C++/Tools Plus project that inherits the
advantages of Tools Plus, plus the additional advantages of a visual
application designer/code generator."

About AppMaker -
AppMaker is a programming tool that makes it faster and easier to
make a Macintosh application - not just the user interface, but also
the functional code. With AppMaker you create the menus, windows,
dialogs and their contents by clicking and dragging to arrange what
you want on-screen. You also point and click to declare data
structures and to connect UI items to data items. AppMaker creates
resources to describe your design, and generates "human, professional
quality code" in your choice of either procedural or object-oriented
programming languages.

More than a GUI Builder -
The theme in AppMaker #11 is to write more of the application logic
for you. Code that you would have had to write by hand, AppMaker now
generates for you. You design your user interface and design the data
items, then connect them. AppMaker generates the skeleton, the
sinews, and much of the muscle of the application logic in addition
to generating resources and source code for the user interface.

Pricing and Availability -
AppMaker CD #11 is available now from DevDepot,
http://www.devdepot.com/, or from Bowers Development,
http://members.aol.com/bowersdev/. The $199 price includes a one-year

About Bowers Development -
Bowers Development was formed in 1989 to develop programmer productivity tools.
Press contact:
Spec Bowers
Bowers Development
603-863-0945, fax 863-3857


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