MapObjects will be end-of-lifed this summer. My initiation to the GIS world came through MapObjects, while I worked at VLS, many moons ago (Summer, 2003).
So it is kinda sad to see that it is being retired.
My first project with MapObjects was an overview window that I had to create as a proof of concept, that showed a thumbnail of where the user was digitizing when he was zoomed real close to a feature. Ah! the good times! (actually not – MapObjects gave me many heart-burns with its sparse documentation).