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Bill Park notes that Symantec has gone through its sixth release of Think C with Think Class Libraries (TCL) and still there's no decent tutorial for using TCL to write object-oriented programs. (Quick, somebody, write one and get rich! I'd buy it too.) The closest seems to be R.O. Parker's "Easy Object Programming for the Macintosh Using AppMaker and Think C" (Prentice-Hall, 1993, $35), but Bill isn't sure if the enclosed floppy is useful without AppMaker. (AppMaker was offered for $99, but it's not clear whether even that gives you a useful environment.) Besides, the back cover is dense with legal restrictions about permitted uses of AppMaker code. Macs are not particularly easy to program, and better tools and instruction would be welcome. [, comp.sys.mac.oop.misc, 4/10/93.]

The internet TCL-Talk mailing list has shut down, but TCL-Talk Digest will continue through the summer and the Mac code archive is still available. Send a "sub tcl-dgst your name" message to Discussions are now carried on the Usenet comp.sys.mac.oop.tcl newsgroup. [, TCL-Talk, 5/11/93. Bill Park.]

Dave Mark's "Learn C++ on the Macintosh" (Addison Wesley) is said to be a good book for Symantec C++ beginners. The standard C++ tutorial and reference for experienced programmers is Bjarne Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language" (Addison Wesley). A second edition is just out. [ and Bill Sloan (, comp.sys.mac.oop.tcl. Bill Park, 5/24/93.]

"Knowledge Acquisition" by Scott, Clayton, and Gibson is a good introduction to knowledge engineering. [Julie Holm (,, 5/12/93.]

The CommonKADS methodology enforces reuse of generic problem-solving models for knowledge-based applications. Information is available from ILOG S.A. (Gentilly, France), which markets KADS-TOOL (based on Esprit research). [Patrick Albert (,, 5/13/93.]