What is PMOS/2?
PMOS/2 is a port to OS/2 of the PMOS
programming. Basically, it's
a collection of Modula-2 sources that will (I hope) make your
job easier. It is free for non-profit use.
The software has been tested with the XDS compiler. I try to
standard ISO Modula-2, so it should be portable without too much
to other ISO-compliant compilers. There are, however, quite a few
system dependencies, so porting the code to other operating systems
be a fairly big job.
The principal function of the original PMOS library is to let you write
multitasking software for DOS. It contains a multitasking kernel,
drivers, and a variety of utility modules. Since device drivers and
multitasking facilities are already built in to OS/2, a port of this
software to OS/2
might seem to be redundant. Do you really need this software?
There are two main reasons why PMOS/2 can be useful:
In any case, programmers like working with paradigms that are familiar
I think that is proved by the popularity of emx among C programmers.
- For porting software between DOS and OS/2. If you've
used PMOS for DOS applications, then PMOS/2 will make it easy for you
to port that software to OS/2. Conversely, it lets you write OS/2
that can later be ported to DOS.
- Once you start reading the OS/2 API documentation, you'll
to understand the old saying that "an elephant is a mouse designed by
IBM". Whatever the other virtues of OS/2, its programming interface
is just as complex and obscure as older systems like Unix or Windows. I
firmly believe that the multithreading paradigm offered by PMOS/2
makes programming a lot easier.
Where do you get it?
The current version of PMOS/2 is pmos2014.zip
(last updated 2014/08/28 - 562,037 bytes).
This page has been translated to Serbo-Croatian by Jovana Milutinovich from Webhostinggeeks.com, and to Portuguese by Artur Weber. Also available in Hindi, thanks to theunbiasedreviews.com and Boutiquesetup.com.
The author of PMOS/2 is
Last modified 6 October 2018.