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Asymetrix Toolbook...

was a great environment for teaching programmers beginners and designers.

It's good enough for all kinds of Hypercard/Flash/Director types of apps.

Somebody loved it...
Saturday, May 17, 2003

cut my teeth on that one too...

Wrote like a pseudo gis scenario builder in it (v1.5)

User would modify land uses (forestry, agriculture, indsutrial,...) graphically, then run engine and look at the impact spatially (quality, amount of run-off)

Would not have dreamt of using vb for the task at the time

Still pop into the toolbook list just to see how it goes.

Amazing how many of the orig dev ended up at MS!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Indeed.  I actually worked at "Paul's Other Company" for a while, but not directly on ToolBook.

At the time, ToolBook really was a reasonable competitor to Visual Basic (meaning really that one was as bad as the other ;-) ).  Microsoft focused on improving VB into a better general-purpose, horizontal tool, and Asymetrix (now Click2Learn) focused on turning ToolBook into a vertical product for training and e-learning.

AFAIK, no one really programs in ToolBook anymore.  They just use the authoring wizards that have been built on top of it.

Tim Lesher
Thursday, May 29, 2003

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