Subject: Re: MPW - Macintosh Programming Workshop.
To: Daniel R. Killoran,Ph.D. <>
From: Bob Nestor <>
List: port-mac68k
Date: 01/30/1999 08:06:36
Daniel R. Killoran,Ph.D. <> wrote:

>Marc wrote (about MPW):
>>Would it be interesting to have that thing for netbsd?
>As I understand it, MPW was COPIED from UNIX! Something called the
>"Programmers Workshop" or maybe "Workbench". Shouldn't that still work
>under netBSD? (Aside from legal problems)

There is a Borland 3.1 style IDE for FreeBSD (I don't recall the name 
right now).  I've compiled and run it on NetBSD/mac68k.  Unfortunately 
it's GUI interface is very character oriented just like the Borland 3.1 
IDE which could run under MSDOS.  It has promise but it would need a lot 
of work to make it use a GUI interface more in the style of X.

There's also an application called "xcoral" on FreeBSD that's a cross 
between an IDE and an editor similar to PFE, and it compiles and runs on 
NetBSD/mac68k.  It comes with hooks for doing compiling, linking and RCS 
file management, plus it has a built-in C-like langauge that allows the 
user to dynamically extend the interface and menus to include anything 
else they'd like.  Extending the IDE with this facility doesn't require 
rebuilding xcoral itself which is a time saving feature!  If someone 
wanted to build an MPW type Workshop/Workbench this might be a good 
starting point.  It had some minor problems in compiling, but I think 
they were all related to storing unsigned bytes in signed chars.