Friday, June 22, 2001

Weekend reading I recommend reading Neal Stephenson's excellent (and long) essay on the power of command line interface. He speaks intelligently about how the experience is more real, but does not mention how, at times, it can be better.

Although many tools exist that try to take the programming out of programming, they solve the wrong problem, and ignore the fact that, often, command line interfaces generate the best experience. Case in point: the Opera browser accepts simple command-line like entries in the address field, entering LETTER $TERM automatically submits the $TERM to the search engine defined by LETTER, where "g" stands for google, "a" stands for altavista etc. So entering

g neal stephenson

would take you to the google results page for "neal stephenson".

Check it out. On Monday, I'll tell you why this is important.

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