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#1 was_jaclaz

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 06:52 PM

It was a few months, actually more than one year :1st: since I checked news about 4DOS, and look what I have found today:
http://www.4dos.hit.bg/

Thanks to Rex Conn who released the source code of build 132, it is possible to revive the project and continue development of the King of the DOS/W9x command interpreters!


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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:25 PM

It was surely my favourite interpreter at the time - it was so much to code in .btm (batch to memory) language and be able to use descript.ion files to add a tag to describe a file.

Really good days spend, never used much the newer take command 32 (windows version) but still left good memories..

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This was also fun to read:

# Rex C. Conn – for writing 4DOS (1986-2004) and releasing its sources
# Tom Rawson – for founding JP Software (JP stands for Jamaica Plain)


Good to see it was last updated on 25 of june this year! :1st:

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:42 PM

Some memories 'The good old time ...'
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:52 PM

Wow.. :1st: :thumbup:

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 05:27 PM

I also at one time used 4dos / 4nt. These days with all the extensions MS added to cmd.exe I find I no longer need it.

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:21 AM

I still use 4dos/4os2/4nt and sometimes tcmd. Rexx is still a mainstay.

I been using 4dos from vers 4.0, 4os2 from 1.1 and 4nt from 2.5.

There are two functions that cmd.exe under NT does not support all that well, along with the reading of registry into environment variables. I use EXTPROC a lot, feeding this usually into a REXX script or so. For example, my web page http://www.geocities...loss/index.html is the result of a single EXTPROC .cmd file.

Still, it is largely possible to do these sorts of things in CMD.EXE, but you start to delve deep into the sorts of tricks of DOS 3.3-DOS 5.0 days, even with cmd extentions.

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 01:36 PM

I had forgotten about my OS/2 days. I also used 4OS2. Its a pity IBM gave up on OS/2.




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