Vol.13 n°3 march 1988

Vol.13 n°3 march 1988

p.2 Contents

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

SideKick Plus, a major upgrade of Borland's TSR

Manuscript 2.0, Lotus 's word processor enhanced

Friendly Finder, a dBASE file-retrieval program

Focal Point, a Mac HyperCard application

PC WeatherPro, a weather monitor for your PC

Tech*Graph*Pad 2.1, a technical graphing program

REVIEWS

p.102 Product Focus: Enhanced EGA and VGA Boards

Should you buy a VGA or will an enhanced EGA suffice for less money?

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.115 The Zenith Z-386

Zenith's powerful desktop provides outstanding performance and flawless compatibility.

[author : Ed McNierney]

p.121 NEC PowerMate 2 and HP Vectra ES/12

Two 80286-based AT compatibles that offer high performance and excellent expansion capability.

[author : John Unger]

p.127 The Tandy 1400 LT

A low-cost, lightweight laptop with good performance.

[author : David Satz]

p.134 Screening Macintosh II Color Monitors

Three monitors that take advantage of the Mac II's flexible display capabilities .

[author : Joel West and Neil Rhodes]

p.139 Pushing the Mac SE

A look at two accelerator boards: Do they really double the Mac SE's processing power?

[author : Laurence H. Loeb]

p.145 Trilogy: A New Approach to Logic Programming

An alternative to Prolog with windows and other interesting twists.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.155 Excel Extraordinaire

Microsoft's successful Macintosh spreadsheet shines on the IBM PC AT.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.157 Microsoft Works

The flexible exchange of data is this package's real strength.

[author : Nicholas M. Baran]

p.162 Reflex Plus for the Macintosh

Reflex has evolved into this faster and easier relational database manager.

[author : Charles Spezzano]

COLUMNS

p.169 Computing at Chaos Manor: Transparent Conversions? Hah!

A look at QuickBASIC 4.0 and Turbo BASIC, and Jerry presents his awards for 1987.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.187 Applications Only: Annual Revelations

Ezra's yearly look at the products he uses.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.195 IN DEPTH: Floating-Point Processing

p.196 Introduction

p.197 Avoiding Coprocessor Bottlenecks

Memory mapping helps overcome bandwidth problems between the CPU and floating-point coprocessor.

[author : by Mauro Bonomi]

p.205 The Intel 80387 vs. The Weitek 1167

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.207 Programming the 80387 Coprocessor

A look at the key differences between this floating-point unit and the earlier 8087 and 80287.

[author : Prakash Chandra]

p.217 Floating-Point Survival Kit

An overview of floating-point arithmetic, standards, benchmarks, and high-performance designs.

[author : Pete Wilson]

p.229 How to Get Better Floating-Point Results

A look at the trade-offs involved in emulating floating-point hardware, and the implications for programmers.

[author : Carl Byington]

p.238 Resource Guide

p.241 FEATURES

p.243 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The BCC180 Multitasking Controller Part 3: Memory Management and Windowing

The BCC 180's multitasking BASIC compiler can operate on a variety of hardware.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.249 Better Bit-Mapped Lines

Bresenham's line algorithm provides a quick way for your computer to draw a straight line.

[author : Jerry R. Van Aken and Carrell R. Killebrew Jr.]

p.255 Focus on Algorithms: Multicolumn Paged Text

This program will help you to explore desktop-publishing software technology.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.265 It's All in the Symbols

We are beginning to suspect that the "things" that can be represented by numbers might be in the minority.

[author : Merrill Cornish]

p.273 System Calls in Modula-2

Pascal's successor gives you easy control over your PC's BIOS and DOS functions.

[author : Richard Rankin]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Not Just for the Macfaithful

p.11 Micro bytes

p.22 Letters

p.34 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.42 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.51 Book Reviews

p.323 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.322 Editorial Index by Company

p.325 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.327 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 328

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 278

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 296