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RE: I wish I knew
Ben Langhinrichs 12.Jun.03 09:28 PM Lotus Notes
Applications Development All Releases All Platforms

Unless you bought the one copy, you probably never heard of it. It actually had two parts, a set of command line tools that did some really cool stuff and was my first experimentation with writing an engine and adding functionality around it, and the same executable worked in both DOS and native OS/2 (built to be portable). I still use a few techniques I worked out then in @YourCommand and Midas, and possibly even some of the same code. The other part was a graphical navigator built using PM, which encompasses many of the same functions. It was a cool way of managing files, doing global search and replace type stuff. In some ways, a crude version for files and file systems of what Midas does for rich text. You never completely escape your roots.

The product was called the Genii Toolkit 1.0. Never made it to 1.1. And yes, the company was already called Genii Software. A friend and I decided to go into business together (thus the plural name), but split again before getting very far, and I made up the name so I kept it. Anyway, that is the sad and sordid story of the Genii Toolkit, which I still have and which still works under Windows XP in command line mode. The date on my executable is from 1991, which is not the oldest software I still use on a regular basis (that is from 1989, I think), but close.

One cool thing about the command line utilities (I can still summon up enthusiasm for these things) is that there are about ten different command line utilities, which are all exactly the same executable. It actually looked at its own name to determine what it should do, so ff.exe would find files (over or under a certain size, between a date range, with certain attributes, etc), while ts.exe would search files and sa.exe would set attributes, etc. But every one was the same executable, and the installation simply copied them eleven times with different names. Cool, eh?

So, enough about me. What did you do in OS/2?

LSX - can you load directly from a ... (Bill Buchan 12.Jun.03)
. . *Never seen it, but let me know if ... (Ben Langhinrich... 12.Jun.03)
. . . . :-) (Bill Buchan 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . RE: :-) (Ben Langhinrich... 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . RE: :-) (benpoole 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . I wish I knew (Ben Langhinrich... 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . RE: I wish I knew (Stephen Lister 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . RE: I wish I knew (Ben Langhinrich... 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * That's the weirdest thing I've he... (Andrew Price 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *The identical executables, or whic... (Ben Langhinrich... 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * Yes, those!! =B-) eom> (Andrew Price 18.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RE: I wish I knew (Stephen Lister 12.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . Ditto... (Bill Buchan 13.Jun.03)
. . . . . . . . . . . . *Persevere! That is the most import... (Ben Langhinrich... 13.Jun.03)

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