Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th May 2014 16:04 UTC
Mac OS X

Like most of you, I've always wanted want to code and compile 68k Mac OS applications in OS X that work on System 1.1. This question kept me up night after night, but thanks to Steven Troughton-Smith, we now know that it is, indeed, possible. It started with a 68k application on System 6. Not long after, he managed to compile a simple application that worked on System 1.1. This test application's code is available on github.

This is possible using ksherlock's MPW Emulator, which, as the name implies, is an emulator that allows you to run the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop on any OS X 10.9 system (a case-insensitive HFS+ volume is required).

I'm glad this matter has been settled. In all seriousness, while the number of useful applications for this is probably limited, it's still very cool.

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I did a great deal of coding in MPW
by TM99 on Mon 26th May 2014 11:16 UTC
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and the classic Mac OS. This is very interesting to me and I know for a select group of others, because it might allow for maintenance and/or creation of old OS 9 software that is still used in pro audio for example.

I wish this would work with XCode 4.x on Snow Leopard, as that's the version of OS X that is the sweet spot for me right now. I can still use PPC apps. I have a lot of pro audio software investments tied to Snow Leopard including older hardware without newer drivers. And bluntly I just don't like the newer integrative iOS/OSX model being pushed on developers.

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