Net Tool Box
Networking for the masses -- Built in REALbasic
Issue: 2.2 (October/November 2003)
Author: Charlie Boisseau
Author Bio: Charlie is an 18 year old student and programmer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more about him and his software at
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Article Number: 2208
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As a fifteen year-old who spent most of his school days trying (and on the odd occasion succeeding) to hack into things, I had always been striving to learn and understand more about the way networks operate. I used all sorts of different tools for my daily rounds, and in general they served their purpose well. Some of you might remember "AG Net Tools" or the old network scanners and lookup tools in Anarchie (lately, yet less appropriately, renamed Interarchy). These were my hands on the Internet & allowing me to see the real nuts and bolts of the net.
As time went on, I found that my knowledge of the networking subject had outgrown the tools I'd become so familiar with. So, out of necessity, I thought about the possibilities of creating my own tool set.
At school I had done a couple of weeks of Visual Basic, which, for a Microsoft product, was surprisingly easy to use. So I naturally wondered if there were a Mac equivalent, thinking, as one does, if it exists, it must be better than the MS version.
After a quick web search at school I found the site of REALbasic 2, which looked similar in concept to VB. As soon as I got home to my Mac, I downloaded RB, opened it, dragged a socket to a window and typed some familiar VB code into a button. It worked! I had found the answer: it was, shiny, green, and native to the Mac!
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