Released in 1987, Apple HyperCard aimed to bring software development to the masses. By the mid-1990s the program had developed a small cult following with tens of thousands of users, many of whom did not program professionally. It brought complex database and programming concepts into a highly accessible form that made it easy to create applications. HyperCard influenced the creation of the web in significant ways.
This talk explores HyperCard, its impact on computing and the web, and goes back to that nostalgic time of the 1990s. Topics covered include: the HyperTalk programming language, a HyperMedia demo, the Clinton administration, and MC Hammer.
To provide historical background on innovate software tools of the 1990s and how they influence computing today.
People interested in the history of computing and the intersection of design/engineering.
Five Things Audience Members Will Learn
- Why HyperCard was created
- Why you are still using HyperCard today
- Metaphors applied to modern programming
- The HyperTalk programming language
- Cultural highlights from the 1990s