Chapter 11. Events

If most of your professional experience involves the development of applications for Microsoft Windows, the concept of event-driven programming is obvious and intuitive. However, developers who have not written applications for Windows, X-Windows, MacOS, or another GUI-based operating system might find the concept difficult to get a handle on. I've seen some very sophisticated and senior developers with years of experience in UNIX or mainframe development get very frustrated trying to write a simple Visual Basic application. They scour the code looking for a main() function or some definitive place where the program can be said to begin execution. They often get moody when you explain that in an event-driven paradigm, you cannot ...

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