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  • Task-based—Information is broken down into concise, one- and two-page tasks.
    • Allows students to learn the most important tasks of a program or operating system and get right to work on any project. Ex.___

  • Step-by-Step—Numbered, easy-to-follow instructions.
    • Succinct numbered instructions provide a logical approach to learning tasks. Ex.___

  • Visual Reference—Plenty of screen shots illustrate the step-by-step instructions.
    • Visually demonstrates and reinforces the instructions for a particular task as the students work at their computers. Ex.___

  • Quick Reference Tabs—Tabs on each page identify the task.
    • Easy for the instructors and students to find a particular task and makes these texts useful after the course ends. Ex.___

  • Shaded sidebars.
    • Sections that call attention to important features and additional helpful information. Ex.___

  • Tips.
    • Highlighted through the book offer author advice, time-saving shortcuts, and pointers for students who want a further understanding of the program. Ex.___

  • Industry-leading Authors.
    • Many of the authors are industry-leading teachers, writers, and designers, providing students with expert, professional training. Ex.___

  • Value-priced.
    • All Visual QuickStart Guides are reasonably priced, making them an affordable option for learning multiple software programs. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2003
  • Dimensions: 7 X 9
  • Pages: 456
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-78122-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-78122-9

REALbasic is one of the most popular programming platforms for Macintosh users. It's powerful, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and allows programmers to create applications for Macintosh, Mac OS X, and Windows. REALbasic has been described as "Visual Basic for the Macintosh" and indeed, REALbasic's visual, drag-and-drop interface is easy enough for beginners to learn, while still powerful enough for professionals to use. REALbasic for Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide shows how to develop applications for the Macintosh and Windows platform, with plenty of screenshots to guide readers along. This book covers REALbasic version 3.5, which adds supports for Mac OS X, powerful new 3D graphics, Microsoft Office automation, an internal scripting language, and much more. Ideal for beginning programmers as well as those with more programming experience.


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Table of Contents



 1. REALbasic and Application Development.
 2. Your First REALbasic Application.
 3. Objects have Properties.
 4. Objects have Behavior.


 5. Object-oriented Programming.
 6. Rudiments of REALbasic Syntax.
 7. Referring to Objects.
 8. Dealing with Data.
 9. Mastering REALbasic Syntax.
10. Creating Your Own Objects.
11. Understanding REALbasic Classes and Inheritance.
12. Putting it all Together: the Structure of an Application.


13. Good Practices: Design and Documentation.
14. Good Code: Debugging and Optimizing Your Code.
15. Portability: Macintosh Apps, Windows Apps, and Cross-platform Apps.
16. Professional Issues: Selling, Distributing, Maintaining, and Supporting Your Applications.


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