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[News] Another Amiga article on developerWorksANN.lu
Posted on 24-Aug-2000 13:59 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselä11 comments
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Daniel Robbins posted this article about the Amiga SDK on the IBM developerWorks website.

Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 1 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Henrik Mikael Kristensen on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
It seems the reviewer is very keen on the SDK. Maybe we'll see Amiga software being sold with IBM machines? :-)
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 2 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
This is not really IBM, it's somebody from Amiga in disguise.
Don't let anybody tell you otherwise.
Sourpuss Compton
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 3 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by John Waters on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
Let me start this comment off by stating that I am not flaming Amiga, Inc. I want them to succeed as much as anyone. I still own highly modified Amiga’s (A500 & A2000HD), but don't use them much any more. :( I just have a few questions.
What is Amiga actually adding to Elate? To me it looks like the Amiga SDK is just Elate packaged. People keep saying how Amiga is going to make cross platform programming a reality, but in fact The Tao Group is who is doing it. Is Amiga basically the RedHat of Elate? Are they just putting together a nice packaged version of Elate (like RedHat does with Linux)? I'm not saying this is a bad thing.
I also keep hearing how Amiga is going to bring games and such to Linux. Has anyone else not noticed that Linux users are big on Free Software? Do you really think they are going to pay to buy the Amiga package to run some games? Maybe I'm wrong here, but I doubt the Linux community will embrace Amiga. They'll want a native port.
Finally, has anyone really done a proof of concept with regard to highly graphical games? I don't see how an abstraction layer is going to be able to perform against native coding and still be portable (how portable is their version of Quake?). It's been tried many times before and has always failed because you can't get the same performance. Maybe this is becoming a moot point because of faster hardware. Or maybe Amiga’s focus won't be on gaming and will be more on appliances.
Anyway, those are my questions. I'm intrigued by what Amiga is doing with Elate, but I'm a little jaded.
John
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 4 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by greenboy on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Henrik Mikael Kristensen):
Henrick, the IBM developerWorks site is simply a place where people may submit articles. I don't know that it reflects much on any IBM plans one way or another. The reviewer here is a True Believer and knows his stuff and has a passion to develop I find commendable. Amiga Inc is lucky to have his attention.
As a note, I believe this item was posted here on ANN before, not that long ago.
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 5 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (John Waters):
The first issue SDK is indeed almost all Tao. The manual is from
Amiga, though.
I think you will be able to judge what direction Amiga Inc are going
when the second issue of SDK comes out. I think this will be some time
in October. It should have more Amiga-specific stuff in it.
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 6 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by CliveyX on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
Yip, Greenboys got it.
This is definately a benchmark review that will add a trillon % to the
credibility of the new Ami.
It looks like the heavy hitters are coming aboard.
YEHA
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 7 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (greenboy):
Yep, just look what book this guy has written, this man is a
professional. I also believe Gentoo is a pretty big name in the Wintel
world. Anyway these kind of articles sound so much better to me than
"Amiga is pleased to announce its alliance with [insert company of
your choice]"-items... :-)
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 8 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Ray Akey on 23-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Anonymous):
A very professional article by someone who knows what an alternate future may hold. Daniel knows his stuff and doesn't need to put "the other guys" in a bad light to get his point across. If only others would follow his very professional lead and stop harping on the negatives..
Bravo Daniel!
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 9 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 24-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (greenboy):
>As a note, I believe this item was posted here on ANN before,
>not that long ago.
No, that was the interview. (There is the link to that in this article, if you have read it...)
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 10 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Bruce Taylor on 24-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Ray Akey):
>A very professional article by someone who knows
>what an alternate future may hold. Daniel knows
>his stuff and doesn't need to put "the other guys"
>in a bad light to get his point across.
Bull - this review was ridiculously bias. He did not cover issues such as memory protection, provide benchmarks against IBM's JDK (which is much faster) or mention that the Shell alone takes up 3MB memory (small memory footprint my ass) and that with Ave running that goes up to 7MB. There are certainly good points to make, but when you don't even acknowledge such obvious negative points, you are just misleading the reader.
Another Amiga article on developerWorks : Comment 11 of 11ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 24-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (John Waters):
>What is Amiga actually adding to Elate?
For now, they espoused it. AIK, Elate has been developed to the embedded market, and needs much extension (the upper levels) to be a full featured OS, (NG OE in this case), ready to the desktop. This in Amiga's part (along with competing with the big names), in progress. So wait for the next release, soon.
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