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Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by mullet on Aug 10th, 2003, 5:50pm

I'm interested in starting up a site / group of people interested in programming for Windows 3.x.
The idea would be to share code, utilise the free compilers available, perhaps run competitions for writing a certain type of program within certain constraints (eg a word processor less than 500kb). We could even look at porting some Open Source projects to win3x if practical. (OpenOffice.org might be too big a job...)

As well as learning new skills and honing old ones we could be adding to the list of resources out there and keeping win3x useful.

But I need registrations of interest - so fire away.

Kiwi
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Dec 2nd, 2003, 4:36pm

not windows 3.x
I have windows
98,95,(3.11-win32s) and (win3.1-win32s)
I like windows 3.1 the best

I can program best in
javascript and delphi16

http://usa.internations.net/kids/watler/

lets get started



Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by ice on Jun 5th, 2004, 4:36pm

I've got enough VB3 experience to qualify.

jz4208@aol.com
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by pin on Apr 29th, 2005, 09:31am

Hi everybody. I have came across this forum as I was looking for information about OpenOffice.org partial ports to Windows 3.1, should anything like that exist. My Linux box aside, here at home I have an "old" fully functional 486 equipped with Windows 3.1 and Calmira, which I cannot use just because different document formats have been adopted in present-day PCs. Who uses .wri or .wks today? I also have a copy of Corel Office, which has been made useless by Big Brother's market policies... Thanks Bill.

I see that there is no such thing at present as an OOo port to the 486s under win 3x, and unfortunately I am just an end user, that is I cannot write programs. Therefore I will limit myself to a suggestion. Maybe porting OOo to win 3x would be too much of an effort, but it should still be possible to write some filter to turn .sxw into a win 3.1 format.

Making old windows 3.1 machines able to communicate effectively with linux would mean that you can bring them back into active use, because linux on its part can communicate with the newer flavours of windows, and it could act as a bridge. One could think of a mixed working environment based on linux and old windows 3.1 PCs, where linux boxes are used to import and export documents to the external win 9x/ME/XP/NT world. I firmly believe in the importance of reusing old machines. It is good for the environment, and it would be good for the economies of many third world countries. It is also good for the layman who does not want to be continually paying for updates he/she does not need.

It is already possible to use Write to exchange documents between Linux and windows 3.1. Abiword can understand *wri fairly well and that is a good solution if you speak or write English. If you write a European language which has letters with accents, though, those specific signs will be dropped in AbiWord and replaced with an x, which makes Write/AbiWord exchanges not so easy.

Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Aug 4th, 2005, 1:58pm

I have never used or even seen a computer with Linux
but I have seen hundreds of windows 3.1 computers
and know many people use them still

windows 3.1 files work just fine with newer windows
95,98,2000,xp etc

and there is a Microsoft Word 97/2000 Viewer for windows 3.1

if linux cant use windows files you might try posting
in a linux programers forum...
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Aug 11th, 2005, 10:37pm

Kiwi at the rate you go no one will ever start a
windows 3.1 programing site

I'm more than interested in programing for windows 3.1

I started a group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/watlers_world/
some of my windows 3.1 test programs can be found there

and that site url I posted has moved to
http://www.hostultra.com/~watler






Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by tim5er on Aug 14th, 2005, 12:54pm

What programing language do you use for Windows 3.1 programing?
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by iwincom12 on Aug 24th, 2005, 01:56am

count me in too!

iwincom12@gmail.com

i do what i can im good at VB delphi and javascript. i usually dont create things i usually edit or revise things but i already started on a little something for 3.1

I could also compile any documentation, batch files and automated setups

maybe we could improve win32s?
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Sep 5th, 2005, 12:40pm

for windows 3.1 I have
MSVC++,delphi 1 and vb
but I only have been working with delphi
because I already new javascript and it was very close

hey does any one know how to make and use dlls in vb?
vb dlls are suposed to work with delphi

hey there is a new windows 3.1 ftp host!
http://win31.no-ip.org:2080
I'm using it for some of my test programs
http://win31.no-ip.org:2080/freeware/new/watlers
I just uploaded a new test program today!
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Sep 15th, 2005, 4:21pm

I was wondering why I have never seen any windows 3.1
emulators for any system nes,gb,sms,gg,etc...
I have seen the delphi source code for windows 95 emulators
but most of them use directx and since I know nothing about the stuff I cant just copy the code over
any Ideas?

watler
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Jan 12th, 2009, 11:16pm

I affirm my original post

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/watlers_world/


since guests are locked out and
MSIE 5 and NN4.08 users cant register
posts have gone down I see

Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Sep 17th, 2009, 08:57am

windows 3.1 ftp url changed
win31.no-ip.org/freeware

Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Jan 2nd, 2010, 08:55am

looks like I'll be doing windows 3.1 programming
in 2010

heh
any registrations?
any resignations?

wat say wink
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Jan 21st, 2011, 10:07am

and 2011....

Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by proxybop on Feb 16th, 2011, 9:34pm

I have a soft spot for old computer systems.

The smaller and lighter the system (windows 3.1), the more fun it seems to be to program software for it, because there is less APIs to learn/master. smiley

I'll have to try to get a hold of windows 3.1.
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Feb 22nd, 2011, 12:35pm

win3x will work on just about any old computer
a 12mhz... 2.8ghz what ever is handy

you dont have to have windows 3.1 to program for it

this a
registration?
or
resignation?

wat say?




Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by Zerax on Feb 26th, 2011, 10:38pm

Thanks for keeping this subject alive! Not a programmer as such, but really liked the Win 3.1 footprint and have always felt that the newer versions were overly bloated. Still have most of my 3.1 software including a copy of ClarisWorks. Am playing with 3.1 on a Pentium 2 233 mhz machine...It's quick smiley
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Feb 27th, 2011, 1:25pm

this is primarily about those interested in windows 3.1 programming

those interested
at any programming level are welcome to give it a try

just post the results of a year or that you plan somthing this year

if you want to hear more from me report a bug,ask a question tell me somthing etc...
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/watlers_world/

this thread is for programmer statements

untill there are more starting or ending win3x programming
there will be few posts

wat say?
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by proxybop on Feb 27th, 2011, 11:16pm

So apparently, an older version of Liberty BASIC runs on windows 3.x. It costs money, and you might be able to ask for a key to the older versions if you own the new one. Or just use the never ending trial. smiley

http://www.libertybasic.com/tour_download.html

I use the new version of LB for fun projects, but you could easily use it for making win 3.x apps.
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Mar 1st, 2011, 5:08pm

thanks for the refrence
2.02 seems to work
the demo has a size limit
some of the samples and Breakout seem to be working
I'll add it to my list of interpreters

it apears to be a smalltalk app
looks like it would be ok

if you are using it for non profit dev
they might ease up on an older ver
did you ask?

wat say?

Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by proxybop on May 1st, 2011, 10:07pm

I haven't asked. But emailing the author wouldn't hurt. I don't have a 3.1 system, so I wouldn't do it... rolleyes
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on May 9th, 2011, 10:04am

I inquired for you about a win32s version
sorry looks like your out of luck there

you could use xblite as it can create win32s apps
"xblite.com"
or perhaps gfa basic


--- In libertybasic@yahoogroups.com, "watler" <watlers_world@...> wrote:
>
> was there ever a 32bit win32s compatable liberty basic version?
>

16 bit version is long gone, 32Bit version 4.04 is Vista, Win7, 64Bit OS
compliant (Yet still 32Bit smiley)



Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Aug 5th, 2011, 09:35am

for those not to good at picking up languages
perhaps sort of a rosetta stone is needed
or perhaps a form designer

example
http://win31.no-ip.org/freeware/new/watlers/oofd17.zip


what would you say?
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Mar 2nd, 2012, 07:26am

windows 3.1 programming in 2012


count me in wink


Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by Theta on Dec 2nd, 2012, 4:18pm

Hi, I am interested in porting some stuff back to Windows 3.1.

I already know how to program in C/C++ and use the Win32 API, I also own an Old Charles Petzold Book for Windows 3.1 to learn from as well.

My question is, does anyone know where I could find a compiler to compile code on Windows 3.1 with? I prefer C++, but I do know, and have Visual Basic 4/5/6 (4 which also works on Win 3.1 wink).

So if anyone can point me in the right direction of getting Visual C/C++ or a compiler compatible with Windows 3.1, I'd be happy to port/write things for Windows 3.1.
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Dec 7th, 2012, 10:36am

if you are creating a new win3x port of a program
then you dont have to worry so much about the compiler

however...
steping a program backwords to windows 3.1 is usually a bit difficult
you might need all of the previous steps of the programs
source code and the compilers that they require

what compilers do you need?



for a free C/C++ compiler open watcom might be nice
http://win31.no-ip.org/freeware/openwat.exe

did you take a look at oofd?
http://win31.no-ip.org/freeware/new/watlers/oofd19.zip


my groups url
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/watlers_world/



Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Jan 17th, 2013, 7:53pm

win3x programming as of 2013 cheesy
Re: Programming for Windows 3.x - Interested?
Post by watler on Dec 14th, 2014, 6:39pm

Programming in Windows 3.1. (2014)

http://turkeys4me.byethost4.com/