Back when Mac OS was called "System" and preemptive multitasking was a distant fantasy, I had a small collection of Macintosh programming books.

For the life of me, though, I can't remember what one particular book was called, or who wrote it. I do remember, though, a few things about it:

  • It wasn't terribly long, maybe ~200 pages.
  • It had a brightly-colored cover; I think orange, but I could be wrong.
  • It was written in a conversational style with a lot of that mid-90's cool-guy attitude.
  • There was a section on graphics programming that started with a wisecrack about programmers getting inspired by Ambrosia's Maelstrom and getting lost in the complexities of dealing with GWorlds and sprites before giving up and going back to playing Maelstrom.
  • There was a chapter on non-traditional programming environments, including a brief discussion of the Forth-derived "Mops" and "Yerk", which the younger me thought were hilarious.
  • It included a CD with lots of the shareware/freeware tools discussed.

I would love to try and track down a copy, but I can't remember what it's called! Can you help me find it?

  • Welcome to Retrocomputing. I think this question might warrant a new tag.
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    Sep 30, 2017 at 8:58

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Could it be this one?

Byte's Mac Programmer's Cookbook Paperback – May 1994 by Rob Terrell (Author)

I once had (and enjoyed) it when I still had a Macintosh. Just like the Mac, my issue has unfortunately long gone the path of all obsolete.

And, as an added service:

Apple Rescue of Denver still seems to sell new copies for a whopping $15.

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