Brent Simmons isn’t a new name in this blog – I have cited his name several times since 2001. A few days ago he wrote:
It’s been years since I could build the Frontier kernel — but I finally got it building.
The high-level goal is to make that tool available again, because I think we need it.
The plan is to turn it into a modern Mac app, a 64-bit Cocoa app, and then add new features that make sense these days. (There are so many!) But that first step is a big one.
It’s an interesting development, from several viewpoints. I wrote some of my first “web applications” in Frontier, and that makes that Frontier will always have a special place in my book of tools. It’s also nice to see a relevant piece of software evolve so that it continues to run on modern hardware and OS’s. At some point, I will certainly download and run a copy on my Mac.
But the question is: do I want to go back to developing stuff in Frontier? Do you want to?