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Old 05 December 2020, 18:36   #13
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Originally Posted by meynaf View Post
Well, Boopsi looks great at first sight, and its objects are very easy to create and use. However existing objects look more like proofs of concept rather than actual objects designed for use in actual apps...

And creating a new object type does not look straightforward at all (merely creating it is, but the hook function is another story).
Like many things in AmigaOS, the idea is brilliant... but the implementation is a bit “off”... I can’t help but feel BOOPSI would have been better if it had been implemented at a language level like the NeXTStep engineers did with Obj-C. I seem to remember Andy Finkel waxing lyrical over NeXT in an interview once, so that is clearly what they wanted to do.

It has at least happened on AmigaOS already once, when OpenLibrary became OldOpenLibrary. But older programs should still work... unless they've been assembled with the name rather than the numeric value and got reassembled since. Nothing's fool proof in our big bad world.

It is unlikely, however, that a new AOS version will come that breaks compatibility. It would be rejected by the community.
AmigaOS is somewhat unusual as the basic operating system remained unchanged for 30 years... only now is AmigaOS 3.1 being updated. As such the API/ABI is literally etched in stone. Make a change now and you burn 30 years of legacy rather than maybe five years...

But if something is updated, and you do recompile you program, you would perhaps rather the newer function was used... giving the developers a chance to deprecate poor design decisions?
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