Reply 20 of 21, by Exploit
doublebuffer wrote on 2023-07-08, 09:52:
Are there any still maintained tools for DOS programming? Back in the days I used DJGPP with Allegro, they worked well but as far as I see the latest Allegro no longer supports DOS.
I'm not yet sure if I want to develop on the actual vintage machine, maybe I should use emulator for testing, does dosbox work well for this purpose or should I go for machine virtualization?
Also if you have any programming resources regarding to this era everything is welcome, I found Michael Abrash's book about mode x and it has been excellent.
Just use a Virtual Machine and install FreeDOS 1.3.
The latter ships with DJGCC, OpenWatcom, FreePascal, NASM and more and all in a working condition right from its package manager fdimples.
So why should you go to the trouble of looking for things all one by one on the Internet when it's so easy to install FreeDOS in a virtual machine or a real retro computer?
You will need the Live CD and don't forget the Bonus CD, it does have some stuff for programmers: