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[3]: Awesome!
by zima on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:19 UTC 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[5]: Awesome!
by zima on Mon 30th Jan 2012 21:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Awesome!"
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Yeah, that was kinda the point... it isn't something what makes OS/2 inherently superior, it's just something the parent poster loves and that's it (a love seemingly not shared by too many, seeing where UI paradigms went; it is prudent to simply take note of that when chatting about OS history)

Edited 2012-01-30 21:50 UTC

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