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Re: general questions

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:29:05 -0500

On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM, John Maher <JohnM_at_rotair.com> wrote:
> So you think 100 years from now people will be entering text based
> commands?

Yes, for as long as people think, speak, write and read text, they
will use it to communicate with each other and the machines that
assist them. And they will continue to find it useful to have
programs that parse and interpret text as steps in complex operations.
 As monolithic programs become more complex and complete, there may be
less use for toolset based programming at least for routine things,

> I disagree. And some people still ride horses today for
> transportation. Doesn't mean I'm gonna get one. But that's OK, because
> of the people needing horses it gives people who know how to groom
> horses a job, which is a good thing. Just not for me.

To get back to the topic of subversion, think about how 'svn diff' is
useful with versions of anything that is composed of text, and much
less so with anything else. If you do something complicated in
CLI/text scripts you can just commit them to subversion and easily
track the changes you've made over time. How do you track the inputs
you've made into GUI checkboxes/selections, etc. when you need to
repeat or audit something or see how things were done differently over
a several-year span?

  Les Mikesell
Received on 2012-09-11 22:29:38 CEST

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