!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Eric Smith <eric_at_brouhaha.com>
Date: Sun Apr 9 20:30:10 2000

"Charles P. Hobbs (SoCalTip)" <transit_at_lerctr.org> wrote:
> Or, in the early days of the Macintosh, the
> difficulty in getting technical manuals for the machine (indeed, at first,
> to find *any* books much more technical than "How to hold the mouse")...

I strongly disagree. Apple did everything they could to court
developers for the Macintosh. If there wasn't a cheap book on
programming the Macintosh in the stores then, it was only because there
was such a large amount of technical information needed, and it wasn't
yet edited into a book suited for mass-market publication. It was *NOT*
because Apple was trying to restrict software development to an
annointed few; they'd tried that route on the Apple /// and failed

The day after the Macintosh was introduced, I called Apple, and they
said that for $150 I could join the Macintosh developer program and get
a preliminary copy of Inside Macintosh in loose-leaf form. I did that,
received the manuals quickly, and they had everything I needed to know
to write Mac software. New updates arrived every month or so. I wish
I'd kept the stuff.

Later they sent developers the "phone book" edition.

I think it was sometime in mid-1985 that Addison Wesley published the
"final" Inside Macintosh as three paperback volumes or one hardcover.
Received on Sun Apr 09 2000 - 20:30:10 BST

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