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Question: SWELL: At this point I am not sure if emulation was the right choice for long term sustainability/usability. Microsoft works with PALs which I cannot visualize conceptually but I guess is something close to the approach used in IdTech 4. Considering the parameters and the team size how feasible would have been for Cockos to pull something like this, if that makes sense at all for the time you made the cross-platform considerations?
Asked by Gio (94.70.29.x) on January 21 2023, 8:52pm
Reply on January 21 2023, 10:01pm:
    I suppose time will tell, however aside from the uncertainty you have expressed in your question you don't provide any actual basis for that uncertainty, so it's hard for me to answer your question when all you've done is expressed your feeling?

  • Posted by Gio (94.70.29.x) on January 21 2023, 10:39pm:
    Maybe, that's correct! I have been living and breathing WDL from day-1 (2007), I will continue to do so in the future as I find it extremely valuable and very pleasant to work with. If there is one thing that feels unsustainable to me that has to be that the casual development model follows the lowest-common denominator which in our case are all the limitations inherited from Win32. I was wondering if a transition of thought occurred to you during the years regarding what we have today. Possibly informative

  • Posted by Justin on January 21 2023, 11:29pm:
    I think it is a suitable and solid foundation to build on? I don't often feel limited by it, personally.

  • Posted by Gio (94.70.29.x) on January 22 2023, 12:23am:
    I also think it is a suitable and solid foundation -- I found it funny when you said ``I suppose time will tell'' because I know the technical tradeoffs/choices promise excellent longevity. I could argue for some small problems that might bother users and not engineers but I will not do it -- I will leave it as it is as I don't want to criticize something I deeply care about. Anyway, thank you for your input it was more than enough.

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