Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by judgen
OS/2 and eComStation "In this anniversary, I'd like to shed some light about my first-hand experience with [OS/2], especially since I see many attempts at history re-writing and over-simplification, when people compress OS/2's two decades into a single paragraph. An OS/2 user named Roger Perkins wrote to OS/2 newsgroups ten years ago: "Here's to OS/2's 10th Anniversary on April 2nd! No OS has ever died so many times!"
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Alas..
by atcurtis on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 00:44 UTC
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2007-04-03

OS/2 was a joy to use as a desktop operating system. Consistent, powerful and flexible. It did not get in your way and did exactly what you told it to do. It was the perfect subservient slave.

OS/2 was a joy to develop upon - clean fully documented API... and if it didn't do what the API said it should, it is a bug (APAR?) and IBM would fix it (at least they did in the early days).

I remember that there was some effort to try to find undocumented APIs... Only 12 or so were found but they were soon after documented anyways. The most famous "undocumented" bit was the style bit to have the coloured notepad tabs in Warp 4 - so famous that everyone knew it.

There probably never will be another operating system, or any large software project, quite like OS/2 - where the documentation and design dictated the implementation.
Nowadays, the documentation is most definitely written after the implementation... If you're lucky, maybe during implementation.

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