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Issue 3.6


Postmortem: iList Studio 2

Developing a Full Fledged Database Application

Issue: 3.6 (July/August 2005)
Author: David Hutchison
Author Bio: David Hutchison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Brock University (Ontario, Canada) and the owner and lead developer at Lakewood Studios, publishers of iList Studio.
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iList Studio 2 is a Macintosh front-end to MySQL, the world's most popular open source database. In addition to the standard suite of database administration tools (e.g., table and field management), iList Studio creates, modifies, and browses records, batch edits record sets, outputs simple reports, exports to Microsoft Word and Excel, and graphs the results of queries. iList Studio also supports a number of unique features that set it apart from competing database tools. This article discusses the year long development effort that resulted in the second version of iList Studio.

A Brief History

My company, Lakewood Studios (formally Lakewood Software), has released several commercial applications over the last ten years. Our first application, AG Author, was an integrated development environment for Apple Guide, Apple's proprietary help system in the late 1990s. Apple discontinued Apple Guide two years after our tool was released, which effectively ended development work on AG Author. webAlias was an image map editor that was favorably reviewed in MacWorld Magazine. Unfortunately, Adobe ImageReady and Macromedia FireWorks were just around the corner and we couldn't compete with the robust feature sets offered by these C++ developed tools. It didn't help that SuperCard, our development tool of choice at the time, was currently in limbo. We needed a new development tool and a new development project, one that was not likely to go out of fashion anytime soon.

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