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Vacation: Backwards Compatibility Story

Posted by edburns on July 25, 2007 at 3:40 PM PDT

Back in college I spent many hours
of my copious Freshman year free time playing href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LHX_Attack_Chopper">LHX on href="http://share-it.gatech.edu/author/will">Will Day's PC. At the
time, all I had was an Apple //c, which was already behind the times by
then. As you can read in the Wikipedia entry, this was a flight
simulation game. The thing I remember most was the "missle-cam" view,
where you could fire a TOW missle and then switch to the missle's eye
view, where you controlled the missle until it hit the target. Well,
during my recent vacation, I decided to see if I could find a way to
play it on a current computer. Sure enough, the thing still runs
unmodified. No emulator or anything.

As we're starting up href="http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=314">JSF 2.0 I'll keep this
runtime backwards compatibility firmly in mind as I corral debate and
discussion on new features.

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