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Ten Absolutely Essential Toolbox Functions Inside!

Your Guide to Creating Software for the Mac — Covers Through OS 8.5 The Mac is back! With the success of the iMac and the power of high-end Macs, new Mac software programs are once again in demand. Whether you're a programming wannabe or a veteran developer, Mac® Programming For Dummies®, 3rd Edition gives you easy-to-understand, up-to-date guidance on Mac programming basics, compilers, programming languages, code writing, and more. So start creating new Mac OS 8.5 applications today — the fun and easy way! Valuable Bonus CD-ROM Includes:

  • CodeWarrior Lite — Limited version of Metrowerks CodeWarrior compiler software
  • ResEdit — Resource editing software by Apple Computer, Inc.
  • Source code and examples from the book
Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like — free — but they have no technical support. System Requirements: Macintosh with PowerPC processor with Mac OS 7.5 Installed; 24MB RAM; CD-ROM drive, double speed (2x) or faster

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Compile and run Mac source code easily with CodeWarrior Lite
  • Understand why programming for the iMac is different
  • Create menus that drop and windows that move — quickly and easily
  • Avoid the most common Mac programming mistakes
  • Become fluent in C, the most important Mac programming language
  • Use ResEdit to edit ‘MBAR’ and ‘WIND’ resources
  • Discover Dan Parks Sydow's debugging secrets — and get your programs up and running faster


System requirements for the accompanying computer disc: Macintosh with PowerPC processor with Mac OS 7.5; 24MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, double speed (2x) or later.

About the Author

About the Author Dan Parks Sydow is the author of previous editions of Mac® Programming For Dummies® as well as Mac® OS 8 For Dummies® Quick Reference and The Internet For Macs® For Dummies® Quick Reference. Dan holds a degree in software engineering and has worked on a variety of software projects for Macintosh computers.

Table of Contents


PART I: Introducing the Macintosh Basics.

Chapter 1: Windows, Menus, and a Mouse — That's the Mac.

Chapter 2: What Makes Macintosh Programming So Different?

Chapter 3: Using and Programming the iMac.

Chapter 4: Removing the Fear, Part I: Don't Let Mac Programmers Scare You!

Chapter 5: Removing the Fear, Part II: The One-Minute Program.

PART II: Resources: This is Programming?

Chapter 6: What Are Resources?

Chapter 7: ResEdit, the Resource Editor.

Chapter 8: Two Types of Resources: ‘MBAR’ and ‘WIND’.

PART III: Using a Compiler.

Chapter 9: Getting to Know You: The CodeWarrior Compiler.

Chapter 10: Creating Source Code Isn't Hard, Honest!

Chapter 11: Compiling and Running Your Source Code.

PART IV: Learning the C Language.

Chapter 12: Choosing C over Other Languages.

Chapter 13: Keeping Track of Things in C: Data Types and Variables.

Chapter 14: Learning the Language — Just the Basics of C.

Chapter 15: To Build a Program, You Need a Toolbox.

Chapter 16: Drawing with C: Why Have a Mac If You Can't Draw?

PART V: The Moment of Truth: Writing a Program!

Chapter 17: Examining a Simple Mac Program.

Chapter 18: Menus That Drop and Windows That Move.

Chapter 19: Writing a Very Mac-Like Program — Part I.

Chapter 20: Writing a Very Mac-Like Program — Part II.

Chapter 21: Where Do You Go from Here?

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Steps to Creating a Mac Program.

Chapter 23: Ten Toolbox Functions You Can't Live Without.

Chapter 24: The Ten Most Common Mac Programming Mistakes.

PART VII: Glossary and Appendixes.

Appendix A: C Language Reference.

Appendix B: Toolbox Reference.

Appendix C: If Something Should Go Wrong.

Appendix D: Glossary.

Appendix E: iMac Programming and Movie Playing.

Appendix F: What's on the CD-ROM?


End-User License Agreement.

Installation Instructions.

Book Registration Information.

Product Details

Sydow, Dan Parks
Sydowt, Dan Parks
Sydow, Dan Parks
Parks Sydow, Dan
For Dummies
Foster City, CA :
Programming Languages - General
C (computer program language)
Personal Computers & Microcomputers - Macintosh
Macintosh (computer)
Programming - Software Development
Programming (electronic computers)
Reference - Macintosh
Language, literature and biography
Operating Systems - Macintosh
Operating Systems / Macintosh & iOS
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For Dummies (Computers)
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24 cm. +

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