Category: MacTech Quarterly

The Front End — Macworld Expo: Silicon Beach News for HyperCard Developers

by Raines CohenMacTech QuarterlySummer 1989 – Page 127 Last January’s MacWorld Expo in San Francisco featured a number of announcements exciting to HyperCard developers. Some were notable in and of themselves, while some represent milestones in discussions that began long ago and are likely to continue for the forseeable future.  The most talked about software […]

Smalltalk/V Mac : A New Standard in Object Oriented Programming

Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi, M.D.MacTech QuarterlySummer 1989 – Page 90 Smalltalk, the original object oriented programming (OOP) environment, has finally arrived as a full-blown Macintosh implementation thanks to Digitalk, Inc., at the extraordinarily reasonable price of $199. Early signs point toward Smalltalk/V Mac introducing OOP and Macintosh personal programming to a large group of people currently […]

A Brief History of Smalltalk and the Personal Computer

By A.P.P.L.E. StaffMacTech QuarterlySummer 1989 — Page 95 Most of the personal computer community recognizes Smalltalk as the brainchild of the enormously creative Learning Research Group led by Alan Kay at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Computer science historians will recognize Smalltalk characteristics with roots in Simula, LISP, and SketchPad. Smalltalk has followed the powerful […]

FoxBase Plus – Mac — The Race Goes to the Swift

by Mick O’NeilMac Tech QuarterlySpring 1989 – Page 50 As the Macintosh penetration of the corporate and small business market has accelerated, compatibility and connectivity with resident MS DOS software and systems has becomes increasingly important. Thus, multi-system software developers like Microsoft, Aldus, and Word Perfect Corporation have insured that their latest spreadsheets, desktop publishing software, […]

Prograph: A Turtle Geometric Introduction

by Jim Salmons and Timlynn BabitskyJFS ConsultingMacTech QuarterlySpring 1989 – Page 52 The Gunakara Sun Systems Limited of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has released a new programming language and development environment that brings together three distinctly different and powerful computer science methodologies — object-oriented, dataflow and visual programming. No one of these is overwhelming by itself, […]

How to Make Your Application “MultiFinder Aware” – A Primer on Software Cooperation

By Rick ThomasMacTech QuarterlySpring 1989 – Page 18 A key word in Apple’s vision for software development is “multi-tasking”. In the future, applications simply will not work with new versions of the Mac OS unless they are designed from the beginning to work cooperatively in a multi-application environment. Rumor has it that beginning with System […]

OOP: The Future for Macintosh Development – An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

By Randy LeonardMac Tech QuarterlySpring 1989 – Page 22 Object-oriented programming languages date back to the late 1960’s with the development of the language Simula-67 by Kristen Nygaard and Ole-Johan Dahl of the Norwegian Computing Center. More recent object-oriented languages include SmallTalk-80, C++ and Object Pascal. However, until only recently these languages have received little […]

Hypermedia: the Multiple Message Development Opportunities on the Macintosh

by Craig RaglandMacTech QuarterlySpring 1989 — Page 32 Hypermedia is a new form of software that blends information of different forms with high levels of user control. Unlike most software, the production of hypermedia is limited less by technical expertise or programming skills and more by access to data and design abilities. This offers significant […]

Artificial Intelligence: What Every Mac Programmer Should Know

by Anna O’Connell, P.E.MacTech QuarterlySpring 1989 – Page 10 “Artificial intelligence,” depending on how you look at it, is a set of useful tools for building smarter, more powerful applications, or a philosophical concept that threatens humanity, or simply an oxymoron. In this article, Anna O’Connell examines the plethora of AI languages and development platforms […]