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Jul 15, 2007, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"From the dawn of the computer era, software interoperability between different platforms has always been a concern. Wanting to reach as large an audience as possible, publishers would port a popular software program from one machine to another, which often involved months of labor and sometimes a complete rewrite on the new hardware or operating systems. As computers became more powerful and languages like C and C++ became standards available on most platforms, it became easier to just write a program once, and compile it for as many systems as desired. As long as it had a C compiler, the software could be built, and would probably work as intended.

"However, when it came to standardization of software with Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), that was another story. The GUI on Macs looked nothing like that on Windows, or the various flavors of Unix..."

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