Saturday, June 13, 2009

When Backwards Compatibility Goes Too Far

I couldn't help but notice this new article, about holdovers from the earliest days of DOS and even CP/M still showing up in Windows-based development:

Zombie Operating Systems and ASP.NET MVC

Personally, I really enjoyed working on the IBM C/C++ compiler back in the day, targeting Windows 95. They licensed the Borland resource editor and I adapted the RTF-format online help, with no RTF specs, just trial and error. For me, that was the apex of Windows-based technology. Once the web came along, everyone forgot how to write usable desktop apps.

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