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From the Editor

Written by Larry Salomon Jr.



Oh boy!

What a time it has been. One never realizes how much a job can take out of you until you have a two month break from it. If you only knew how hard I had to kick myself to get back into the routine. So much has happened, and I am the worst note-taker in the world; still, I will try my best to tell you all about it here.

Internet Relay Chat

Some time ago, I mentioned how addicting this can become. It should be noted, however, that there exists a channel called #os/2 where many people frequent; if you have any questions and are lucky enough to have access to this, you might want to drop by. Given the popularity of this chatting program, an idea has been considered where seminars could be given on a channel on programming techniques. We will keep you posted.

VIO and the PM Subset

This month sees the beginning of a new series on the development of a library; what makes this library so special is that it is a subset of PM for full-screen character-mode applications. The library was written for a project at work (which should be on the market soon), but you'll get to see it in depth (along with source code, of course) right here.

Sprites Revisited

If you will remember back to the sprite series, I mentioned that the code was written with the idea that z-ordering could be added easily at a later date. Since then, I have had a some free time on my hands (though not much), so I added this useful capability. The necessary changes are discussed as well as the two new APIs that deal with layering in an update to that well-received series.

A Helper for the Needy

Have you ever called a function in an application, only to get the "undefined prototype" message when you called it? Antonio "Tony" Tonizzo has gotten that message one too many times, and he finally decided to do something about it. The result is included with this issue (see API.ZIP); it has the #define constant that needs to be defined for each API in OS/2. Good work, Tony!

For the Short-Sighted

If you hang out in comp.os.os2.programmer.misc, you've probably noticed Dick Conklin (the editor of OS/2 Developer) making a post every now and then. I find it exciting that the net is receiving more attention from the media, even if it has taken them a long time to do so.

That's it for this month! Enjoy the issue!