Last week’s article on Ostrakon, an application shell for THINK C, garnered a response that we feel worth mentioning this week. We said then that compiler packages often came with skeleton applications for people to flesh out, but that Ostrakon took this idea one step farther by providing extensive documentation and commented code. For those who would prefer less external support and a non-existent price tag, there is public domain MPW and THINK C source code for Macintosh applications called TransSkel. TransSkel has been around for some time, and several other modules are available for added functionality. These are TransDisplay and TransEdit, for display windows and standard editing windows. According to Steve Hite, who informed us of our oversight, the TransSkel code is well thought out and structured enough to provide the base for a professional application.
It is available via anonymous FTP from sumex-aim.stanford.edu (see your system administrator if you are unsure if you have FTP or don’t know how to use it). Ostrakon undoubtedly has some benefits, but you can’t beat the price for TransSkel.
Steve Hite — …gatech!uflorida!unf7!shite