Questions about windows support

Nick Sabalausky a at a.a
Tue Feb 21 08:50:24 PST 2012

"H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh at> wrote in message 
news:mailman.740.1329784653.20196.digitalmars-d at
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 12:21:33AM +0100, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
>> On Monday, 20 February 2012 at 23:12:36 UTC, James Miller wrote:
>> >Windows has not, historically, been a pleasant platform to develop
>> >lower-level code for
>> I couldn't disagree with that more, especially if you're comparing
>> to something like linux. The linux console is a big pain.
> [...]
> Weird. I guess I must be a very strange person, because I find that my
> productivity soars at the command-line, but when I'm forced to used
> Windows, productivity drops to 20% because of all that keyboard-to-mouse
> switching and clicking through endless layers of menus just to get one
> thing done.

I literally grew up on command-lines[1]. But despite that, I still much 
prefer GUIs for anything a GUI reasonably works for: Like file browsers, DB 
admin, manual DB queries, debuggers, Tortoise*, etc. (although for web 
server configuration I've come to vastly prefer config files - MUCH easier 
to remotely manage, plus the settings for files/paths are necessarily tied 
to the file/path *name*, not the physical file, so you don't kave to keep 
messing with them every time something's moved/renamed/deleted/recreated)

When I'm on Linux, I've come to do most things on the command line just 
because 1. Many things still can only be done on the cmd line, and 2. Linux 
file managers suck about as much as the Windows command line. I'm proficient 
with bash, and I do love it as far as command lines go (And damn near 
anything can be scripted, which is fantastic), but I hate using it for file 
manipulation - just seems really clumsy compared to a *good* GUI file 
manager (which I've yet to find on Linux). Although the autocomplete *is* a 
huge help.

Although that said, even the Windows file manager has been plummeting 
downhill ever since Vista. I don't know wtf MS has been thinking.

Keyboard/mouse switching comes pretty naturally to me. Part of it's probably 
years of practice, and the other part is that I use trackballs which tend to 
mostly stay put.

[1] First AppleSoft BASIC and occasionally the built-in memory-editor and 
AppleSoft Logo. Later, MS-DOS 6-ish and occasionally gwbasic (normally used 
QBASIC instead, though)

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