Linked by David Adams on Mon 30th Jan 2012 18:07 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation Les Bell has released (Jan 2012) his course material "Introduction to OS/2 Warp Programming" under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. The course had been released with its original files, OOXML, ODF, PDF version and lab exercises.
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RE[2]: Awesome!
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 30th Jan 2012 19:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Awesome!"
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OS/2 was nice, but its time is long gone.

So many people say that, yet it still to this day had GUI features non existent in todays OSes (Mac, Windows, Linux etc.)

Yes, I was part of Team OS/2, yes I got my gold pin of excellence, and yes I did extensive demos of the OS/2 Warp GUI at various computer shows.

A famous demo I loved to do (one of many). Drag a fax template onto the desktop to start a fax document. Double click to open and edit the fax. Open the Address Book app and drag a name from there and drop it on the fax document icon. The fax number is now extracted and attached to the fax document (this is show via an attached business card on the icon too). Drag the fax document and drop it on the Modem icon. My fax is sent! That's an Object Oriented desktop, that is true drag-and-drop support. Still no existing OS, other that OS/2, can do this.

It's such a pity IBM screwed OS/2. ;) But then, there are so many examples of superior software that didn't make it - simply due to a crap marketing team.

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RE[3]: Awesome!
by henderson101 on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome!"
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Still no existing OS, other that OS/2, can do this.


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RE[3]: Awesome!
by zima on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome!"
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Well, it is your darling from the younger years, after all...

OTOH, some nice features here and there could be found in almost everything; and OS/2 was sort of a bit of a turd, too (like pretty much everything back then)

This example you gave - I always hated with a passion (like many, I think; maybe most?) dragging UI paradigms, especially in times of old ball mouses, always clogging themselves in the worst possible moment (and even now, in times of optical, I really prefer to avoid such).

RISC OS also had it similarly irritating (actually it almost depended on drag'n'drop, only later releases reintroduced more "normal" approaches - by popular demand, I believe). It's IMHO a bad way to set up things - two precise actions at the same time, with one hand, and if it gets interrupted the results are a bit unpredictable (who knows where you'll drop the grabbed thing); justifiably underutilized (something close does seem decent on touchscreens of today - that's where the biggest progress is happening now BTW, and it's something from which OS/2 is even more disconnected)

Anyway, we have the rather nice NT part of that past chapter (and Windows element got decent)

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RE[4]: Awesome!
by Tuishimi on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Awesome!"
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I actually like[d] the drag and drop aspect... This is a case of what you like vs. what someone else likes. In other words, yeah you are most certainly welcomed to your opinion and yours is the one that matters most to you.

Every operating system/UI has strengths and weaknesses.

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RE[3]: Awesome!
by moondevil on Wed 1st Feb 2012 16:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome!"
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For me the only good thing about OS/2 was the object desktop and the SOM component model.

Unfortunately the remaining APIs were not that different from Win16/Win32s at the time.

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