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Mac OS 9 development docs

Is there a comprehensive guide for Mac OS 9 application developers, preferably in PDF? OS 9 developer library at apple.com is long gone, if it ever existed. The only thing I found is 1985' Inside Macintosh manual, and it doesn't seem to be very useful for OS 9 developer. Smile

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There used to be a tool kit you could buy from Apple years ago but wow that was so long ago. I also recall something called The Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. It may be a place to start?

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I also recall something called The Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. It may be a place to start?

I've seen it, but AFAIR it is about look and feel of application's interface, not about system APIs or anything else.

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The title was misleading LOL It sounds more like rules for a developer rather than a guided tour doesn't it? Sorry. However, you would be shocked what the local libraries have on that sort of stuff. I know there were plenty of pretty good books on playing around with the interface like "Zen and the Art of Resource Editing" "Macworld Mac Secrets" and of course the famous "Macintosh for Dummies" books. I had all of them at one time and they were great fun and quite helpful but I realize your looking for more than playing with resources and such. It would be worth checking out the library though. Just a thought.

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Most of the APIs in the "Inside Macintosh" series still work in Mac OS 9. (But they're written in Pascal.) If you're looking for something a little newer, can could look for a book about programming in Carbon, (Apple's API for Mac OS 9/early OS X.) Or you could download CodeWarrior 6-7 and read the PDFs included on the ISOs on how to use their APIs. Wink