OS/2 Technical Library Scans

After a lot of scanning and OCRing, here’s the OS/2 2.0 Technical Library (well, most of it) in PDF form. This was IBM’s complete programming documentation for OS/2 2.0, covering general programming, GUI development, Workplace Shell, and device drivers. Certainly an important museum exhibit, and lots of pounds of good quality paper.

It’s interesting to consider what was and wasn’t in thereā€”32-bit pre-emptive multitasking and multithreading, a GUI with advanced graphics engine, DOS virtualization, but strange partially 16-bit device drivers and no built-in networking.

Note that bitsaversĀ has a subset of the Warp 3 version of the Technical Library, but it’s only the Presentation Manager documentation, at least currently. Most of the documentation also existed in electronic form.

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8 Responses to OS/2 Technical Library Scans

  1. A. Kohl says:

    Some parts were published by QUE in 1992 as books, but the titles are different.
    OS/2 2.0 Control Program Programming Guide (ISBN 1-56529-154-9)
    OS/2 2.0 Presentation Manager Programming Guide (ISBN 1-56529-155-7)
    OS/2 2.0 Presentation Manager Graphics Programming Guide (ISBN 1-56529-156-5)
    OS/2 2.0 Application Design Guide (ISBN 1-56529-157-3)
    Every book was subtitled with “The Official Guide”.

  2. Michal Necasek says:

    I don’t have the QUE books, but I assume the actual content was the same? The way the three programming guides are split (CP/PM/GPI) certainly matches.

  3. A. Kohl says:

    Yes of course the real content is the same. There are only some more typical verbiage on the first pages. It’s minor beneath notice. So the mentioned ISBN belong simply to this publications.

  4. Andreas Kohl says:

    I hope that everybody noticed that Bob Eager made some documentation available on his website.
    http://www.tavi.co.uk/os2pages/ Complete OS/2 1.2 Programming Tools and Information with updates to version 1.3 an Redbooks.

  5. Michal Necasek says:

    The OS/2 1.2 programming manuals on http://www.tavi.co.uk are now either exceedingly well hidden or gone.

  6. Andreas Kohl says:

    Do you need a specific file so I will look for a backup? It’s only section “OS/2 1.x Programming Tools and Information” that was removed, redbooks are still in place there.

  7. Michal Necasek says:

    The Programming Tools and Information is what I’m after. The rebooks I already have in softcopy or hardcopy…

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