[thelist] Developing in Linux

Ken Schaefer Ken at adOpenStatic.com
Mon May 12 21:34:00 CDT 2008

Ah, the elitist command line snobs :-)

Command lines tools are good for repetitive tasks, or things that can be highly automated.

They are not necessarily so efficient for one-off, quick tasks, or where someone needs to get an idea of the concepts/capabilities of a new product (which generally a good GUI tool would lay out).

And lastly, Windows has something called "Powershell" now, which is a pretty fully featured shell, that has the benefit of object typing over some of the more traditional shells.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-
> bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Hassan Schroeder
> Sent: Monday, 12 May 2008 11:59 PM
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] Developing in Linux
> On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 12:35 AM, Fred Jones
> <fredthejonester at gmail.com> wrote:
> > PS: I do know how to use the command line and the command 'mysql'
> works
> > the same ...
> Respectfully -- you know what the command line is, and you know
> that you can type commands into it.  But the above comment shows
> that you do /not/ know how to /use/ it to your advantage. Typing a
> single command is not a demonstration of anything but the ability
> to spell and push keys.
> And to suggest that the (DOS) "CMD" shell is remotely comparable
> to any of sh/ksh/bash/csh/tcsh betrays a complete lack of familiarity
> and understanding of what you could be doing.
> > I find a GUI to be a LOT easier (and faster for me) to use,
> What do you do when there's no GUI tool to do what you need to do?
> Some custom processing of 15k files, for instance? That's when the
> power of a good shell comes into play: piping commands together,
> writing a quick bash script, whatever.
> Or even when there /is/ a tool -- it takes a couple of seconds to
> resize
> an image from the command line with ImageMagick; compare that to
> the time to start up Photoshop or comparable  to do the same action.
> But sticking with Windows is OK, because 1) there is a learning curve,
> and 2) if you're always looking for GUI tools to accomplish anything,
> you'll never get far on that curve.
> Best of luck whichever way you go :-)

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