First off, you cheated a little bit on your line count by removing whitespace and blank lines.
Huh? With no blank lines in either example it would be 31 lines to 24. That only gained you a further one line difference.
Look, if you think that the monster you posted is as easy to work with as what I put up... OK, that's your opinion. But, you're fooling yourself. If I have to use a C++ wrapper for setup.. something is very wrong! The windows API is flexible too, you know.
Almost the only difference between A4 and A5 is the amount of setup, and with A5 it gives more flexibility, not less. People can use only the addons they are interested in and prevent themselves from shipping more dlls than they have to.
I read recently that new ideas are subversive, because an idea is a suggestion and a suggestion is a complaint. OK, fine. Maybe I'm coming on kind of strong here. It just makes me depressed when something really good dies.
There's nothing wrong with ideas, but you stormed in here and proclaimed that A5 is some kind of disaster, when in fact it is pretty useful. I doubt you have even made any programs with A5 yet, and so I don't really think you're qualified to give much of an opinion on it.
Besides all that, you're still fully welcome to use A4.4 to your hearts content. I still do, but I can also appreciate the work and effort put into A5 in making a cleaner API, a more competitive library, and something that will be useful into the future. Ever try using OpenGL with A4? You have to use AllegroGL to do that, but with A5 it is built in. Can you use D3D and DX with A4? No, you can't.
Look, I can see that nobody here is going to agree with me. Fine... but Allegro is definitely going to die slowly if you continue down this course. Here is the "Hello, World" for Allegro 6.0...
Maybe if you would stop being so melodramatic, and such a whiny brat, then maybe we would take you seriously.
Arg, never underestimate the power of a chorus of morons! OK! Fine! I'm done. You don't need to post any further comments because I won't read them. Happy goldfish bowl to you. Just ignore anybody you don't agree with. Don't make points, hurl insults. Business as usual. Keep on telling yourself that you're right.
I don't think anybody here ignored you... We just don't agree with you because your arguments are hollow and weak, and we've been using both A4 and A5, so don't you think we would know if Allegro went down hill or not?
Anyway, go regroup, and see if you can come up with any valid complaints, and then maybe we'll give a shit.