>>Has anybody seen this book? According to APDA, it was supposed to be
>>availible "early 88". I'm not exactly sure what the official title
>>of the book is, but it's something like "Macintosh Family Hardware Reference
>>Guide". I know that APDA has been selling a Draft version,
>>but my membership has run out, and besides, I want the real one
>>from a real publisher.
> I have seen an Apple Technical Reference Guide that deals with building
>NuBus cards for the Macintosh ][. It is very short (about 100 pages) and is
>actually a rather small book. It is probably just part of what you are
The complete list of Addison-Wesley books that I'm aware of are:
"Inside Macintosh, Volumes I, II, III, IV, V"
- Complete reference to Macintosh Toolbox and OS for 64K ROMS, with
IM IV being a delta guide for the 128K ROMS and IM V being a delta
guide for the 256K ROMS. (Delta guide--lists only those changes from
the previous volumes)
"Technical Introduction to the Macintosh Family"
- Introduction to the Macintosh software and hardware for all Macintosh
computers: the original Macintosh, the Mac +, Mac SE, and Mac II
"Programmer's Introduction to the Macintosh Family"
- Introduction to programming the Macintosh system for programmers who
are new to it
"Macintosh Family Hardware Reference" <-- This one, maybe?
- Reference to the Macintosh hardware for all Macintosh computers,
excluding the Macintosh XL
"Designing Cards and Drivers for the Macintosh II and Macintosh SE"
- Hardware and device driver reference to the expansion capabilities
of the Macintosh II and Macintosh SE
"Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop Interface"
- Detailed guidelines for developers implementing the Macintosh User
"Apple Numerics Manual"
- Description of the SANE environment.
I personally own IM I-V, the "Designing Cards" manual, and the "SANE" manual.
I have also seen both the "Technical Introduction", and the "Human
Interface Guide" at B. Dalton Software here and back home in Fresno, Ca.
(Who in Phresberg would want IM I-V? I dunno, but the B. Dalton's there
had about two dozen IM Vol. V sitting gathering dust...) I also saw
the "Programmer's Introduction" at MacWorld last January in San Fransisco,
but I haven't seen the "Hardware Reference" so far. But at MacWorld I didn't
see if the Hardware Reference was there; I had to work the show... :-(
If you're a beginning programmer (beginning on the Mac, that is; not
beginning programming), the "Programmer's Introduction" is a reasonable
place to start, but if you're already sophisticated in Mac Hacking,
the "Programmer's Introduction" is probably a waste of money. I also
found the "Technical Intro" and the "Human Interface Guide" both wastes
of money, though there are quite a few companies that I'd love to send
their head programmer the Human Interface Guide as a gift... ;-)
I'm sorry that this is overkill in information, but to summarize: the
book is "Macintosh Family Hardware Reference", and I've yet to see it.
But it should be around "real soon now." (Remember DBase Mac?)
- William Edward Woody
Disclamer: I haven't the foggiest idea what I'm talking about...