Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jan 2017 01:07 UTC
Mac OS X

In 1999, armed with a brand new copy of Metrowerks Codewarrior and a PowerMac running Mac OS 8.5.1, I wrote a basic implementation of Minesweeper to test out the Powerplant application development environment. It's the oldest project of mine that I've kept, so I wanted to see if I could get it running again for the first time in 17 years.

There's no Swift or Objective-C code in this article but there are disk-eating koalas, deliberately misspelled cities, Zernike polynomials, Cocoa software (but not the Cocoa you're thinking of), resource forks, master pointer blocks and in the end, I finally earn the admiration of my family.

Great, entertaining story, you learn something, and it mentions BeOS. I can't think of anything that would make this story even more likely to get posted on OSNews.

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Only 1999?
by malxau on Sat 14th Jan 2017 02:24 UTC
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2005-12-04

The contrast between Mac and Windows couldn't be more stark in terms of changed instruction set, frameworks, and toolchains. Most C code I wrote in 1999 works with current tools as well as it ever did, and a lot of new code I write uses 1999 tools because - well, why not.

(Granted, this is really only true for C/C++ - a developer who uses higher level frameworks is likely to have a very different experience.)

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RE: Only 1999?
by a.m.l. on Sun 15th Jan 2017 17:20 UTC in reply to "Only 1999?"
a.m.l. Member since:
2017-01-15

As you said, this is right for Windows C++, not as much for Visual Basic, Delphi, etc.

MacOS is a bit of an anomaly as it probably would be easier for someone with a mid '90s NeXT program macOS Sierra than a late '90s C++ one.

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RE: Only 1999?
by henderson101 on Mon 16th Jan 2017 10:39 UTC in reply to "Only 1999?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Windows was always more conservative.

Code I wrote for OpenStep circa 2000 (+/- 5) will still compile on macOS. The problem with macOS is that the API completely changed and the old API's were removed. Nothing more or less. Some would see this a a good thing... Win32 is a pretty crusty API.

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Comment by stooovie
by stooovie on Sat 14th Jan 2017 05:51 UTC
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2006-01-25

"I can't think of anything that would make this story even more likely to get posted on OSNews"

Fiona Apple, obviously.

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