Sunday, April 29, 2018

30 Years of Frontier

Dave Winer:

My goal was to create an environment I would work in for the rest of my career. I just realized it’s exactly 30 years later, and I’m still using it.


Now that I also work in JavaScript, it amazes me how easy the simple things are in Frontier, compared to JS, esp when you have to tack on a database. You really have to work at seeing what’s going on. In Frontier, you just click around expanding things. You can even look at the runtime stack that way.

John Gruber:

If you never used Frontier, it’s hard to explain what made it so special. My very favorite thing about Frontier is the “object database”. It wasn’t like using a database in the SQL sense. It was just persistent storage.

James Thomson:

Douglas Adams asked me to add support for running Frontier scripts in DragThing about twenty years ago, and I did, because he was Douglas Adams.

Hamish Sanderson:

Automatic props to @mattneub, whose Frontier, The Definitive Guide is published online here for those that’d like to learn more[…]

It’s an excellent book.

Brent Simmons:

For the past few days I’ve been working on adding Frontier-like object database (ODB) support to my database framework.

Previously: Congratulations.

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