REALbasic is a programming language in the best Macintosh
tradition: visual, intuitive, and easy to learn. It allows you to
create interfaces in minutes and entire, compiled applications
without having to learn a complicated language; the strong object
orientation makes it very easy even for beginners to develop,
maintain, and alter projects. Best of all, an REALbasic 3, a single
button click generates your project as a Mac OS 8/9 application, a
Mac OS X native ("Carbon") application, or a Windows executable. No
other application framework lets you compile for users on so many
platforms so quickly and easily.
REALbasic: The Definitive Guidenot only gives you a
firm grasp of the program''s essential concepts, but also tells you
things you won''t learn from the official documentation alone. If
you''ve never programmed before, the book offers both a primer in
REALbasic and an intuitive approach to the concepts of programming
itself, as you quickly reach the ability to program every aspect of
REALbasic. You start out drawing the interface much as you would do
in a drawing program: by selecting buttons, menus, dialog boxes,
and the like from a tools menu. Then you use the code editor to
fill in the code that tells these pieces what to do.
The widely hailed first edition ofREALbasic: The Definitive
Guidehas been completely rewritten to encompass reader
suggestions and the many improvements of REALbasic 3--like its
ability to compile and run under OS X.
The book is divided into three sections:
- Fundamentals: a detailed summary of the language that quickly
shows you how to think about programming and accomplish your goals
in less time
- User Interface: how to create a complete application using the
rich classes and pre-defined tools that make life so much easier
for the REALbasic programmer.
- Reaching Out: Internet communications, databases, multimedia,
game programming and more!