Almost by necessity, Apple grew out of the homebrew movement, in which enthusiasts swapped knowledge and parts for building computers, and were as much tinkerers and electrical engineers as they were users.
That attitude, though—that you could do anything you liked just so long as you learned a few basic rules and concepts—wasn’t just limited, in those early days, to the hardware. Apple started bundling a little app called HyperCard with the Macs it sold in 1987, and with HyperCard, if you could think of an app, you could build it.
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