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Issue 3.4


Thoughts from the Publisher

Issue: 3.4 (March/April 2005)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: When RBD publisher Marc Zeedar was a kid he used to create magazines just for fun. Now he's doing it for a living! You may contact him at editor@rbdeveloper.com.
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The REALbasic Olympics

Are you the best REALbasic code jockey on the planet? Let's find out! REALbasic Developer, in conjunction with Markus Winter, is proud to announce the first worldwide REALbasic programming contest. This isn't just a simple "solve this puzzle" contest: this is the REALbasic Olympics 2005, a year-long series of programming challenges that only the toughest, most clever, and most persistent programmers will win!

Each event in this pentathlon lasts six weeks, so there's still time to get in your entries (the first event ends April 4, 2005). There are Amateur and Professional categories, so don't be intimidated that you don't know enough to enter. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the Amateur category, and a Grand Champion -- the one with the most total points after all five events -- will be announced next December at the conclusion of the contest.

For more details, see the ad on page 49 or the REALbasic Olympics website at http://www.rbdeveloper.com/rbo/.

In This Issue

REALbasic is ideal for solving real-world scientific problems, so this issue marks the debut of REALScience, a new periodic feature that focuses on scientific problems. This time we've got JC Cruz's math-filled article on solving how long it takes a cup of coffee to cool (page 19).

Another really cool article is Joe Strout's "Mouse Gestures" feature on page 16 which demonstrates how to translate mouse movements into commands. Aaron Ballman concludes his "Serial Programming" series, and we've got a Postmortem on Sp@mX.

Also in this issue: we bid a fond farewell to Thomas Cunningham, Beginner's Corner columnist, who's done an excellent job but has decided to devote his time elsewhere. Hopefully we can convince him to write the occasional feature for us. Don't despair that the column is gone, however. A new but familiar face has taken on the challenge. Enjoy!

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