REALBasic: TDG, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2001
Pages: 752

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 Guide not 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 of REALbasic: The Definitive Guide has 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!
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Comments about O'Reilly Media REALBasic: TDG, 2nd Edition:

What a great book, I've had a copy of the first edition since it's publication and I am familiar with the 2nd edition.

Matt Neuburg has a good grasp of what REALbasic can and can't do. In addition, Neuburg's way of introducing Object Oriented Programming concepts, along with the REALbasic implementation of them, is something that I found quite valuable.

The book is not in the "build an application step-by-step" style. However, the book goes beyond the basic how-to, and explains, in some depth, the hows and whys involved in the OOP process. By using REALbasic to illustrate these hows and whys, Neuburg shows how REALbasic implements these concepts and, in some cases, how it differs from industry standards. This approach I found far more useful, in the long run.

Having some rusty procedural programming experience, I had no problem learning Object-oriented programming in REALbasic with only this book and the official documentation.

With REALbasic's semi-annual version updates, it is becoming more of a moving target for book authors as new features and abilities are added. The 2nd ed of RBTDG is starting to show its age after only a year (covers Rb3.0). That said, even with the Dummies beginner book (Rb 3.0), the Clayton Crooks II book (Rb 4.02) and the upcoming Visual Quickstart Guide (Rb 3.5), the RBTDG's breadth, depth and relevance is such that I would still recommend this book, if you could buy only one.

With REALbasic now at version 4.51, I really hope that there will be an updated 3rd edition of this Definitive REALbasic classic.

If so, I'll gladly buy one of the first copies.

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REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition Review

By Ward Clark

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Comments about O'Reilly Media REALBasic: TDG, 2nd Edition:

Matt's book is essential for anyone wanting to make the most of REALbasic. It goes way beyond the official documentation—much more detail, great examples, and lots of tips on what works, and more important, what doesn't.

The only shortcoming is that the 2nd Edition covers REALbasic 3, not the current 4.5 release. I'll be first in line to buy the next edition.

 
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Comments about O'Reilly Media REALBasic: TDG, 2nd Edition:

Very great book, a must have even if you have the first edition. Sept 2001.

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Stephane

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this is one great book.(i owned the first ed. and will be buying this one) if you are using you MUST buy this book.

I repeat ,MUST.

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