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DOS Development Forum?

Postby Hamby » 2018-3-24 @ 00:57

Is there an appropriate board on here for discussing software (especially game) development under old OSes such as MSDOS?
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Karm » 2018-4-22 @ 16:57

Would love to have one, if there isn't one around :)
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby root42 » 2018-4-22 @ 21:14

Would love that, too.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby DosFreak » 2018-4-22 @ 22:09

This would probably be the closest. Would probably make more sense to add a General Development forum under Magrathea tho.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby BloodyCactus » 2018-4-23 @ 00:22

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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Karm » 2018-4-23 @ 13:29

I would really prefer a board here, which is dedicated to Development Software on old Systems (DOS, Win3.1, Win95...),
because there are so many topics you could talk about and experience you could share.
Starting by the different compilers, IDEs up to complete Engines or Software, which has been created.
Different Languages, common mistakes and work arounds.
The DOS board is a general board, so knowledge will get lost easily and the specific topics are more about the Hardware and not the Software.
It would also be good to have some software references, to know at which point what software was available.
Especially development software is hard to obtain these days, because just a minority used it, while the programs developed have been used and conserved by a bunch of people.
Also it could be a good place to present new software which was created for the old Systems.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Azarien » 2018-4-23 @ 18:49

I think too it would be a good idea.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby root42 » 2018-4-23 @ 19:16

Recently I installed Turbo C on my 286 project. I only have floppy drives so far, but it was awesome. That's where I learnt C first. Having a forum would be great. My bucket list still contains 'write your own adventure game engine'. And I would of course do it for retro PCs.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby senrew » 2018-4-23 @ 19:26

I'd be happy for a forum here for that. Somewhere on my To-Do list are a couple of ideas for DOS programming projects.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby gca » 2018-4-23 @ 22:04

Sounds like a good idea to me, the development stuff could easily get lost in the general flow of discussions without their own dedicated forum.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Iconclas » 2018-5-16 @ 23:21

Learn assembly language first. lol It is DOS. Use MASM.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Azarien » 2018-5-27 @ 19:36

Iconclas wrote:Use MASM.


MASM might be "period correct" but I'd really recommend NASM instead for all x86 assembly projects regardless of OS.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby capitaine » 2018-6-26 @ 16:00

Depend on what kind of code one would make.

ASM is required for drivers / kernel / bios dev / reverse engineering.
But you can dev many things in Pascal, C, C++, Basic. To name a few !
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby root42 » 2018-6-28 @ 09:22

capitaine wrote:Depend on what kind of code one would make.

ASM is required for drivers / kernel / bios dev / reverse engineering.
But you can dev many things in Pascal, C, C++, Basic. To name a few !


Yes, I think it can be fun to do stuff in C / Pascal / Basic from the time, but after using modern variants of those languages, going back is a bit painful. Assembler on the other hand is simply what it is... Plus, if we want to push the boundaries of what has been achieved on those platforms, I think there is no way around assembler. And I really want to see people push the limits on a 8088 (see 8088 mph), 80286 or later machines. I think we haven't yet seen peak performance of the machines from the late 80s / early 90s.
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Re: DOS Development Forum?

Postby Damaniel » 2018-7-04 @ 23:17

I'd like to see this too. I have projects I'm working on and wouldn't mind tossing progress updates up somewhere, but there's not really a good place here to post those types of things.
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