[Python-Dev] Re: [Patches] PC\config.[hc] changes for Win64

Mark Hammond mhammond@skippinet.com.au
Tue, 9 May 2000 14:06:25 +1000

> To help me understand the significance of win64 vs. win32, can you
> list the major differences?  I thought that the main thing was that

I just saw Neils, and Trent may have other input.

However, the point I was making is that 5 years ago, MS were telling us
that the Win32 API was almost identical to the Win16 API, except for the
size of pointers, and dropping of the "memory model" abominations.

The Windows CE department is telling us that CE is, or will be, basically
the same as Win32, except it is a Unicode only platform.  Again, with 1.6,
this should be hidden from the Python programmer.

Now all we need is "win64s" - it will respond to Neil's criticism that
mixed mode programs are a pain, and MS will tell us what "win64s" will
solve all our problems, and allow win32 to run 64 bit programs well into
the future.  Until everyone in the world realizes it sucks, and MS promptly
says it was only ever a hack in the first place, and everyone should be on
Win64 by now anyway :-)