Wednesday, July 9, 2008

68k Greets App

The Overview

Well, it took several days longer that I expected, but I've finished my RetroChallenge "Greets" app. I've tested it on System 6 & 9. All the app does is display a list of participants and let you see the equipment they reported they would use in the challenge.

RetroChallenge-2008.hqx

The Hiccup

The worst thing is when one's code builds and runs fine within the development environment, but when you compile the application and run it on it's own: shit hits the fan.

I know what kinds of things cause this behavior, but that doesn't mean it's easy to track down. In this case it was an un-initialized Cell type passed to LGetSelect(). I just don't understand why it worked in the first place within Think Pascal.

TextToSTR#

This was an interesting find (found at Merlin's Cavern)... It's an application that takes a tab delimited file and creates a STR# of each row of data for each row in the text file. I thought this would be very useful, but it was only moderately useful as it truncates the data even shorter than the limits of an STR# string.

On the upside, it comes with Think Pascal and CodeWarrior sources so one can modify it for their needs. Anyway, I can see it being very useful, and I post it here with a thumbs up...

texttostr.hqx [2]

Thoughts

What I have now is the basic structure of a simply useful user-interface. This model, a list and window, can fit many needs for simple applications. While by no means revolutionary, it does scream very "Macintosh".

With a grasp of LDEFs, I think I'll revisit my MPD client and add playlist functionality.

Let me know if you run it. Especially if you have any problems or catch a bug. Thanks.

1 comment:

arfinkatsjv said...

Sweet! I really think the "greets demo" is going to become a truly necessary part of the Retro Challenge every year now! Congrats on the cool code!