i am currently following the ruby mailinglist where i found a post
about if the ruby interpreter can be compiled to run on mac os 9 (see
this made me think about how to compile software for classic os9 and
below (os 8.6 and so on)
can this be generally done? how would unix-based applications like the
ruby interpreter be ported to os9? is there any documentation out
there? which compilers to use?
If you have a PPC Mac, then one good starting point would be MPW
("Macintosh Programmer's Workshop"), a very mature development
environment. It's fast and powerful, and there are many older
programmers who still loudly lament Apple's failure to port it to the
Carbon environment. Apple's main Web page for it,
says, "It brings together a comprehensive collection of development
tools designed to support C, C++, and assembly-language programmers
who are writing software for Mac OS 7.x/8.x/9.x." It has its own
shell with a lot of command-line tools; additionally, sed, awk and
perl ("MacPerl") have been ported as MPW tools; there has been some
work using Python with MPW
although it doesn't appear that MacPython was ever compiled as an MPW
tool. I don't know about Ruby.
If you have an Intel Mac, then perhaps you can use the above info
combined with the SheepShaver PPC-emulation program.
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