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Name:  Brian Allen
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Who uses HyperCard for Training and Development? I have got several students who are thinking about careers in programming, and they want to know whether or not Learning HyperCard is a waste of time, assuming that no one really uses it (I do, but they are still not convinced). I would like to give them 'hard evidence' about Hypercards future use. I am new to newton, but I like what I see. Thanks.

Brian, good question from your students. There are people who are professional software developers, who write commercial programs with Hypercard. I think Hypercard has an important future in "new learning" applications. By that I mean we all have to become life long learners and the "software" that will help us learn will be in a multimedia format. One way to make learning packages is through hypermedia. Many hypercard developers program in other formats too. Programming inhypermedia allows one to become their own software company. I have written several stacks that have been used in schools, and many of the laser disc companies have developers writing stacks for them, granted they are not nearly as many openings for hypermedia programmers, but there is a need. Try having your students develop stacks for lower grade students. They will learn an awful lot about software development and curriculum with that one "little" activity. They need to know about the various hypermedia so that they could, using other programming, develop a better tool!

Tom Buller

I would like to add to Tom's excellent response. Once you learn one kind of programming environment, the others are easy to learn. Learning how to program with Hypercard will be an invaluable experience to your students, even if they do not go on to become Hypercard developers. I learned BASIC in school and PASCAL in college. From there it was straightforward for me to teach myself FORTRAN and only slightly harder to learn ASSEMBLY. The hardest part to learn about programming is not to learn the syntax of a particular language (that is easy), but to THINK in an organized and creative fashion (that is much harder). This latter skill can be developed on any programming platform. In any language Hypercard just has the additional advantage of being fun to use.

Robert Topper

I have a son who works for a company which is developing multimedia presentations which are marketed to companies for employee training and sales applications. He started out using Hypercard and has now migrated up to a more feature laden hypermedia programming environment.

Robert Chaffer

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