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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Simple apps are still simple
by Adurbe on Tue 27th May 2014 08:31 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

Ok, it might not be bringing any 'killer apps' our way. But if you think back, may apps are actually very similar in functionality then and now. Simple example is the Calc app from the original Mac to what its like now.

I wonder what amount of bloat has been introduced in the coding between the two?

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