Re: "Platform"

Subject: Re: "Platform"
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 13:31:23 MST

This is by far the best definition I've heard yet. I keep
hearing about other books by Robin Williams. I have _The PC Is
Not A Typewriter_ and have heard of maybe two others (three if
I count The Mac Is Not...). Does anyone have a complete list of
her books?

=*= Beverly Parks =*= bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil =*=
=*= "Unless otherwise stated, all comments are my own. =*=
=*= I am not representing my employer in any way." =*=


Peter Holfelder <holfep -at- RPI -dot- EDU> gave us Robin Williams'
definition of platform:

From _Jargon: An informal dictionary of computer terms_ (Peachpit Press, 1993)
by Robin Williams with Steve Cummings

"A platform is a somewhat vague term that can be used in slightly
different ways. Most broadly, it s simply just a snooty way to
say computer, or to refer to a particular type of computer (the
Macintosh is one platform, the PC is another platform.) The term
is a little more useful when it refers to a combination of a
particular type of computer running a particular type of operating
system software. For instance, an IBM PC running only DOS as the
operating system is one platform; the same computer running DOS
with Windows is another platform; and the same computer running
OS/2 or Unix is yet another platform.

If you hear a particular product described as cross platform,
it means that the product will work on several platforms, or that
it s something that s applicable to more than one platform. This
is different from a product that has been ported to another
platform to port a product means to rewrite it so it will work
on another platform, not that the same product can function on

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