In the spring of '92 Mark Lentczner
and Bruce Schwartz found themselves working at Go Corporation. They decided
that they wanted to work on creating a new kind of interactive development
environment and language. Unable to do this within Go, they left in March
and formed Glyphic Technology.
Over the next six months they created a complete development environment
and object oriented language, running on the Macintosh.
At the 1992 OOPSLA Conference in Vancouver,
Glyphic hosted the first public demonstration of its technology. The demonstration
generated a lot of interest, and soon afterwards, under contract from EO,
Inc., work on a commercial version of the system for the PenPoint operating
Over the next year and a half, Glyphic's core technology made the transition
from a technology demonstration to a commercial product. When this was
done, the core technology included a full, object oriented, garbage collecting,
language; a graphical user interface construction kit with automatic display
updating and constraint based window layout; and a full high level programming
environment. A complete native application development environment was
produced for PenPoint.
Since that time Glyphic has ported its technology to Macintosh (680x0
and PowerPC), DOS, Windows, and Unix. As this technology is small, it has
been incorporated into a project in enhancing the web with Apple Computer.
Over the last few years, Glyphic has also taken on a number of projects
with other companies, including Connectix
and Phone.com. Some of these projects
involve Glyphic's technology, some do not. All of them involve interesting
design projects in computer languages, environments and protocols.