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MacEdition Pro News : June 21, 2002: REALbasic plugins, security seminars, and Cocoa nerds

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Get Real, plug in

REALbasic has always been considered a good straightforward programming environment for people wanting to learn how to develop for the Mac. However, rightly or wrongly, it is occasionally snickered at by the big end of town (that’s right, Adobe and Microsoft don’t use Realbasic).

So what can be done to address this snicker factor over REALbasic’s Enterprise cred? Enter August Software, who’ve created a REALbasic OBDC plugin (that’s Open DataBase Connectivity, something that carries a fair bit of weight in Enterprise). Here’s the skinny:

August Software today delivered ODBC.NET, a free ODBC plug-in for the popular REALbasic cross-platform development environment by REAL Software. ODBC.NET works with August Software’s ODBC Router to make all of the SQL data sources found in the ODBC control panel of a Windows Server available for use by REALbasic. Using ODBC.NET, REALbasic applications on MacOS, MacOS X and Windows may interact with Windows, UNIX and mainframe data without per-desktop ODBC control panels, drivers or database-revision-specific libraries.

Available now at, the new ODBC.NET plug-in may be used in combination with MS-Access, IBM DB/2, mySQL, all versions of ORACLE, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, SYBASE and many others. ODBC.NET supports exiting ODBC Router solutions available from US$99 to US$2319 based on concurrent usage as well as a new REALbasic-only edition of ODBC Router that supports unlimited ODBC.NET sessions for US$349.

For further information, check out:

Lock down OS X

It’s another one day seminar hosted by the folks at OS X, this time on keeping Mac OS X safe from script kiddies and other network menaces.

San Francisco, CA. (June 12th, 2002) OSXFAQ today announced that they will sponsor and promote a special Mac OS X training seminar featuring Thomas Vincent. His “Mac OS X Security Seminar” is designed from the ground up to appeal to any Mac user who wants to secure their Mac OS X environment, thoroughly and easily.

Some topics we’ll cover:

  1. - Securing Files
  2. - Setting up your own VPN
  3. - Creating a web proxy
  4. - Configuring the built-in Mac OS X Firewall
  5. - Setting up NAT for your network
  6. - Advance configuration of SSH
  7. - Lots of demonstrations of third party utilities

And more because Vincent likes to teach, and field questions.

And like previous OS X FAQ seminars, it comes with the same guarantee:

No BS guarantee

If you don’t feel this seminar is worth every penny you paid, just inform us anytime prior to the lunch break (the workshop’s mid-point) and we’ll cheerfully refund your money.



Friday, July 12th, 2002 - 9:00 am Til 6:00pm


San Francisco Graphic Art Institute
665 3rd Street, Suite 500
San Francisco CA 94107

To register, go to:

Cocoa student seminars extended

Remember Big Nerd Ranch? We covered their Cocoa training course first hand, and also mentioned previously about their summer promotion with Apple Student Developers. They’ve extended this promotion until August:

Atlanta, GA - June 17, 2002 - Big Nerd Ranch and are extending their Summer Student Promotion to include the week of August 12-16, 2002.

Due to student requests, eight promotional seats have been reserved for the August session of Big Nerd Ranch Cocoa training. Aaron Hillegass, author of Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X, is the Big Nerd Ranch Cocoa instructor. Any student with a valid student id may sign up for class at a discounted price of $1500 per person (normal price $3500). Participants in the Summer Student Promotion must supply their own computers for class and will be paired with another student to share a room. Classes are held near Asheville, NC, and room, meals, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Asheville airport are included in the class fee.

Sign up for class by emailing with contact information, then visit the Roommate Forum ( to find a roommate.

As we said before, that’s quite a discount. If you’re a student who’s interested, check out

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