This the kind of code I aspire to write.
The Computer History Museum has earlier made available the source code to MacPaint (which you'll find here http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/macpaint-and-quickdraw-source-code/)."
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The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.