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i have a kind of dumb question about programs

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what's a frontend?

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a frontend is a "gui", or, a general user interface. it would be added to a command line based program to make it easier to use.

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yeah for example MAME is a command line program and you can use frontends instead of using the command line if it is too hard for you.

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In case you are not familiar with "command line", that has to do with how computing was done on PCs before Windows. You used MS-DOS which shows C:>_
and you type commands there.
A front-end is an extra program to make it simpler to use an MS-DOS
program. With a front-end, you can get windows with menus and other helpful interface stuff when you use the program.

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oh okay, thanks

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But the term is also used to describe a launcher program (Nestea for example) which can list the roms in a given directory, show a screenshot and launch an emulator with the rom ready loaded.
Or the term can be applied to a truly amazing program like this
http://3darcade.mame....net/index2.htm

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Ahem I'd just like to correct ME!.
GUI = Graphic User Interface
(Cause I'm a pain in the @$$ like that, and I like others to know the truth :wink: )

Oh and read my signature dude! Your thread title is hard on yourself! :lol:

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Oh and read my signature dude! Your thread title is hard on yourself! :D


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