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(red)RE: RE: (redmist) RE: The sad state of Perl documentationby redmist (Deacon)
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OK, message recieved, zero distortion...I still disagree with you though.
"that UNIX is NOT a good development platform. Sure, you have this powerful Command Line Interface - so what? Humans do not work that way."
I don't think that your point about CLI and humans not working in the same way is valid. Why? Because computers and humans don't work in the same way. But it's ok this way. I have to adapt to the machine, because it won't adapt to me (at least until really, really good AI comes along). Even if the machine *could* adapt to me, I don't think that I would want it that way. I have learned to work with CLI, and have come to love it.
One of the reasons why I think that CLI can be so great is that the rules are clearly defined (not intuitively, but through documentation) and both you and the SW that you are interacting with "knows" that you are two seperate entities, with different ways of working. In this type of environment, the SW or interface will not try to anticipate what you want or how you want to do something. Anticipation of human action usually results in it doing the opposite of what it's original purpose was: to help you and make you more efficient.
Once you have adapted yourself to the CLI (or another non-human-anticipating interface), you can reap the results of such an interface.
"And despite what the hype would have you believe, the internet is NOT UNIX. It never will be. The internet is ANY operating system. Perl should be, too."
I don't want Perl to be tied to UNIX in such a way that would inhibit or diminish it's use on other platforms either. I just think that is important to keep the ties to UNIX that are already there. We should *transcend* the cradle.
I realize that the Internet is not UNIX, but a damn big part of it is...and UNIX is also a big part of other networks and computing as a whole.