[nSLUG] Re: Lock the door...
mspencer at tallships.ca
Wed Jan 7 00:18:46 AST 2009
me> Personally, I think many of the younger developers (younger than
me> I, anyhow :-) grew up from the cradle with Windoes and have
me> internalized that pictoral/pictograph interface as the norm. They
me> can write code but they do so with pictograph IF as a target
me> because that's what "a computer" means to them . The user gets to
me> *choose* one of the things the computer knows how to do. Older
me> developers think more in terms of language. If you can *say* it,
me> the computer should be able to do what you say.
draker> Brilliantly said.
draker> if you haven't read "The Elements of Style: UNIX As
draker> Literature" by Thomas Scoville, go read it now:
I haven't. Lessee, tikky-tikky-tik-spop...click.
Right. That's what I meant to say only I thought it was too long for
an NSLUG post. ;-)
Pereant qui ante nos nostris dixerunt.
I especially liked:
...but after my short scramble up the learning curve [of NT
hacking] I looked back at UNIX with the feeling I'd been demoted
from a backhoe to a leaf-blower.
Elsewhere he writes:
I will admit NT made my life easier in some respects. I found
myself doing less remembering (names of utilities, command
arguments, syntax) and more recognizing (solution components
associated with check boxes, radio buttons, and pull-downs).
Ah-hah! Unix is like writing. NT and graphic desktop environments are
like...[drumroll] *shopping*! [rimshot]
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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