I love those books, sincerly ! The reason being that i could relate in many ways to the ambiance and anecdoctes of the books. It made me travel to 1984 when i first “met” the Apple Macintosh – the 128K model, one floppy disk. I develop apps for the Mac at the very start – it took me back right there…
Many items mentioned in the page brought back memories – the “Ressource Manager”, “Quickdraw”, even the name of the guys that appeared in the user interface. Working in Quebec city in the early 80s was in some way “similar” – same days, same opportunities, same problems, writing OS and drivers and freshly made hardware with just recently release chips and technologies.
The books takes a friendly “insider” style. Anecdotes, just stories, souvenirs on this unique project that was the Macintosh. Of course the back plane for the book is just wonderful – the “concretization” of Xerox PARC dream by a much more entrepreneurial companies lead by the “very unique” and demanding Steve Jobs. By the way i loved the book on Steve Jobs, mainly the sections that were covering the development years from Apple II to Iphones.
Andy Hertzfeld, the author, was certainly a “generous” and proficient programmer, at the right place at the right time. He was there and he’s taking us on a sincere tour of “Inside the Macintosh” and Apple corporation in those prolific days. If you loved the Mac as a developer – dont miss it.
Thanks for sharing Mr Hertzfeld!