[Semi OT] The programming language wars
CraigDillabaugh via Digitalmars-d
digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Fri Mar 20 10:40:22 PDT 2015
On Friday, 20 March 2015 at 17:25:54 UTC, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 05:04:20PM +0000, ketmar via
> Digitalmars-d wrote:
>> On Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:28:45 +0000, Paulo Pinto wrote:
>> > Given that I have been an IDE fan since the Amiga days, I
>> > fully
>> > agree.
>> > Every time I am on UNIX I feel like a time travel to the
>> > days of
>> > yore.
>> being on non-nix system is a torture. there aren't even gcc,
>> let alone
> Yeah, I've become so accustomed to the speed of keyboard-based
> that every time I use my wife's Windows laptop, I feel so
> frustrated at
> the rodent dependence and its slowness that I want to throw the
> out the window.
> But at another level, it's not even about keyboard vs.
> rodent... it's
> about *scriptability*. It's about abstraction. Typing commands
> at the
> CLI, while on the surface looks so tedious, actually has a
> Ultimately, I think rodent-based UIs will go the way of the
While I may not share you optimism for the future, I do agree the
CLI is almost always better:o)
One big advantage to CLI stuff is that when you come up against
some tricky configuration, or rarely used command, you can write
a little script (with comments) describing how to do it (and WHY
you did it that way). Very handy for those tasks that you end up
doing once every X months, and always forget the details of in
between. How do you do that with a GUI? Make a video or open up
OpenOffice/MS Word and start taking screen shots. Painful stuff.
Same goes for configuration files which beat GUI-based
configuration hands down.
Having said all that having IDE-like, language aware,
code-completion and background compilation, and a good debugger
are a big plus for productivity in many cases.
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