Byte Magazine Vol.17 n°1 january 1992

p.4 Contents

p.6 Inside BYTE : BYTE Topic Index and Author Guide

COVER STORY

p.120 The 1991 BYTE Awards

NEWS

p.27 MICROBYTES

Chips to the left, chips to the right: Microprocessors and chip sets are delivering more power and functionality in smaller form factors.

p.40 FIRST IMPRESSIONS Psion's Powerful Pocketable

A full-fledged hand-held computer.

p.42 Microsoft Bookshelf for Windows,

a multimedia version of the venerable reference tool

Tandon's PacII, a truly modular system with a twist

Dolch P.A.C. 486-50E, cutting-edge processing power comes at a price

ClarisWorks, a seamless applications environment for the Mac

GT486/40, Falco's small but powerful graphics PC

Magnavox CDD461RS, a CD-ROM drive matched to the way we really work

p.62 WHAT'S NEW

The Star Jet printer goes with you anywhere;

Microcom's modem ignores line noise;

Soft-ICE/W debugs from Windows; and more.

FEATURES

p.120 The 1991 BYTE Awards

BYTE editors and contributors select the best products of 1991.

p.149 Classic Languages, Part 5: SNOBOL

The fifth installment in our Classic Languages series.

STATE OF THE ART

p.158 DEVELOPING APPLICATIONS ACROSS PLATFORMS Overview: A Moving Target

Cross-platform development presents unique challenges in this era of proliferating platforms and fragmenting standards.

p.177 Tributaries and Deltas

Tracking software change in multiplatform environments.

p.191 Let the System Do the Porting

A new generation of operating systems will help developers write applications for multiple platforms.

p.201 Resource Guide: Cross-Platform Application Development Tools

REVIEWS

p.204 SOLUTIONS FOCUS Database Building Blocks

Database libraries with the horsepower to build powerful multiuser applications.

p.226 BYTE Lab Product Report: DOS Data at Work

In our first BYTE Lab Product Report, we sample the DOS database market.

p.250 Tweaking Windows: New Adapters Boost Speed and Clarity

Six new graphics adapters promise to make Windows more efficient.

p.259 Ample Waves of Data: Five Tools to Help You Stay Afloat

Five data-analysis programs promise understanding in a sea of information.

p.273 Claris Enters the Spreadsheet Wars

A strong contender for the Macintosh spreadsheet crown elbows in on Excel's and Wingz's turf.

p.279 DOS Extenders: Raising the Ceiling

A look at four toolkits for building protected-mode DOS programs.

p.285 The Phaser III Fires Dazzling Colors

Tektronix's dazzling new color printer.

p.288 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

Supercharged SuperCalc, jaggies relief, and a tool to improve Windows.

HANDS ON

p.293 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Finally, a Real Keyboard

A Lap Link cable and your desktop's printer port can take the place of a laptop keyboard.

p.305 UNDER THE HOOD Processor Pipelines

The R4000, RISC System/6000, and 486 pipelines are compared.

p.319 SOFTWARE CORNER Memory Mapping, Edit II, and an Alarm Clock

Memory control blocks, creating Mac text files, and a Unix utility.

p.321 MACINATIONS Programming Under System 7.0

Finding the best language systems to use under System 7.0.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.327 THE UNIX /bin ACEs Wild

The low-end workstation world takes on new significance from ACE and Solaris.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.333 NETWORKS Coming Soon: Faster LANs

Packet burst and 100-Mbps Token Ring technologies could change the face of networking in 1992.

[author : Barry Nance]

p.343 BEYOND DOS: OLE for Windows 3.1

A developer's view of Windows 3.1.

[author : Manin Heller]

p.348 ASK BYTE

Big RAM disks, COM ports, TSRs, and a patriotic virus.

OPINIONS

p.87 USER'S COLUMN Configuration Tribulations

Jerry tries to upgrade to Windows 3.1.

[author : Jerry Poumelle]

p.105 BUSINESS CONNECTION Murphy's Law and Interoperability

Getting your Macs, PCs, and Unix machines connected is simple. Getting them to work together isn't.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.115 ROUNDTABLE What Do Benchmarks Really Tell You?

Most benchmark results should not be taken at face value.

p.404 PRINT QUEUE Dead Chickens A-Wavin'

The New Hacker's Dictionary exhilarates; Technobabble indicts.

p.406 STOP BIT Standards Everywhere

A pithy look at whom and how standards serve.

p.10 EDITORIAL

The Envelope, Please ...

p.18 LETTERS

More on safety, Soviets, and C.

READER SERVICE

p.402 Editorial Index by Company

p.399 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.400 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

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