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posted by RayeR(R) Homepage, CZ, 23.02.2011, 23:40

> As to the fork. At first my goal was to just clean up the old source code,
> which, as everyone knows is famous for being the worst mess anyone ever
> saw. What I called 'base 1' produced an identical .exe but had proper
> formating and removal of dead contitionals (#ifdef AGP, etc.)
> In those days we had several developers, and about half preferred my code,
> and the other half preferred to use the old ones. I had no thought to
> create a 'fork' as such, but the 'clean code' developers started doing
> work, and it just gradually got more and more different. I imported every
> improvement of 'dirty code' fork but the opposite is not always true.
> Basically the 'dirty code' people thought nothing should ever be removed
> from the old SRC incase it turned out to be useful some day. The 'clean
> code' people thought anything useful could just be restored if needed, and
> so it is to this day.

Yes I understand, hard decision between code clarity and innovations vs strict backward compatability. I think that rich features incl. legacy stuff maky be kept together but it requires well structured and modular code arch. And it's hard to keep it together when done by many people...

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