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Issue 6.5


GUI Goodness

"Wrapping" UNIX programs in a graphic user interface

Issue: 6.5 (July/August 2008)
Author: Toby Rush
Author Bio: Toby Rush is a music instructor, consultant, freelance programmer, web designer, husband and Dad in Greeley, Colorado.
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Article Length (in bytes): 10,509
Starting Page Number: 42
Article Number: 6515
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Thanks in part to REALbasic, the number of programs available for Mac users is large and steadily growing. Thanks to the UNIX foundation of OS X, Mac users have access to another world of software that ranges from soccer tournament management to home automation: the approximately 7.5 fijillion UNIX utilities and applications available on the web, often for free.

The problem with these programs is that they are not easy to install or even use; many of them are command-line tools, meaning they are run from the Terminal in OS X and usually have relatively obscure and even unintuitive text-based interfaces.

However, these UNIX programs can be extremely powerful, and they are ripe for "wrapping": that is, adding a Mac-like graphic user interface to make the program easy to use for people who are unfamiliar with how the Terminal works.

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