68k Mac development environments

Josh Dersch derschjo at msu.edu
Fri Sep 7 00:46:13 CDT 2007

Liam Proven wrote:
> On 05/09/07, Josh Dersch <derschjo at msu.edu> wrote:
>> Hi all --
>> I'm looking to do a bit of (simple) development targeting a 68k Mac (or
>> two, or three, or six...) and since I've never done any programming on a
>> Mac before I'm curious if anyone out there has any recommendations for a
>> development environment to use or to avoid.  I'd prefer C/C++, but I'm
>> flexible :).  I'd like to be able to run my code on a Mac Classic/SE (so
>> I need to be able to compile to 68000 code) but I'll be doing the
>> development itself on a IIfx.
>> In case you're interested, I'm writing the software to build a clock of
>> sorts out of a set of six "classic" form factor Macs I have lying around
>> (two Classics, two SEs and two SE/30s).  Each computer will display one
>> digit of the time, and will be synchronized over an Appletalk network to
>> keep the system times in sync.  Or so goes the theory.  Figure it'll be
>> a fun display to have set up, and a somewhat interesting use for some
>> otherwise-idle Macintosh hardware :).
> That is a really cool idea, which I like a lot.
> I am sure you're aware of it, but it instantly brought to mind the
> story of Jamie Zawinski's Dali clock and getting it running on various
> elderly Macs...
> http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/dali.html
Thanks for the vote of support :).  I think most of the code should be 
dead simple but I'm not sure how the time-sync networking portion's 
going to go.  I also need to pick up some serial Appletalk cabling; the 
SEs and the SE/30s have ethernet cards, but the Classics are 
unexpandable and thus do not.  Maybe I can just find some more SEs to 
use :).

I hope to get most of the work done this weekend, assuming nothing 
interrupts me... ha ha ha.

And I have a copy of the original Mac Dali clock on one of my macs... 
somewhere :).

- Josh

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