dmd platform support - poll

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at
Sat Dec 27 14:51:07 PST 2008

Walter Bright wrote:
> Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>> Walter Bright wrote:
>>> Back in the early DOS days, there was a lot of disdain for the 
>>> platform. "Real" programmers used unix workstations, not toy 16 bit 
>>> PCs. It turned out, though, that most of the fortunes were made 
>>> programming for DOS, and eventually those programs and programmers 
>>> migrated to 32 bits and brought the industry with it. DOS was the 
>>> "gateway" programming platform.
>> Yah but due to other factors than its technical qualities. Leaving 
>> those out of the story puts things in an odd light.
> It looks primitive these days, of course, but at the time it hit the 
> sweet spot of max technology for minimal price. The performance/cost was 
> the best available.

I'd add time to market, brilliant marketing, and sheer luck to the mix.


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