Fear the command line? Maybe you shouldn't

Will you be seeing "Farenheit 9/11" and why?

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  • Yes, but it's because I'm being dragged

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  • No, but it's because I can't for some reason

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  • Yes, but I still think that Michael Moore is a danger to free thought

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  • No, and I'll be outside the theatre protesting

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  • Yes, because I hate Bush so much

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  • No, because I want to support Bush

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Mad Merlin

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Fear the command line? Maybe you shouldn't

I found this story interesting. Basically it brings up a few good points about why a command line is more natural and easier to learn for those inexperienced with computers. I hadn't really thought about it in the past, but most of it makes sense when you stop and consider it.

A brief quote:

Human beings are simply not brought up to deal with the GUIs of modern day computing systems. Consider the level of training that used to be involved with teaching one worker how to correctly interpret and operate a single control panel on some machine. To master modern GUIs, one must recall the operation, layout and relation to each other of hundreds, if not thousands, of such panels. The hardest skill being recalling or discovering the correct sequence of operations on one control panel to access a control panel relating to a desired operation.
What are your thoughts?
 

Drosselmeier

Diabloii.Net Member
I like the command line. Sometimes I pull down the shades, turn off all the lamps and put my S.H.A. T-shirt on just to get in the mood... then I write some commands. It makes me feel like a hacker.

The story has a point, if I have to be serious in this post. Learning a few commands doesn´t have to be harder than learning to rummage your way through zillions of windows and tabs.
 

tarnok

Diabloii.Net Member
Have you read In the Beginning was the Command Line? Good book. Don't know who wrote it now.
 

Cain

Diabloii.Net Member
I use it often, but for some things I prefer a gui. My first computer only had DOS so I started out on the command line. I stopped using it once I got windows 95, and then started using it again in school for Unix, Linux, and Qnx.
 
I've always like command line because it was more direct...but I don't get to use it much seeing as XP doesn't have DOS...or anything associated with it.
 

ash2ash

Diabloii.Net Member
In Unix Clones, it is almost essential to learn SOME command line usage because you can execute batch commands lightspeeds faster than a GUI.

Still, when being presented with a large amount of information, I like GUI's to organize things. I mean, browsing the web with lynx (pseudo-CL web browser) is not exactly my idea of a good time.
 

Steel_Avatar

Diabloii.Net Member
I use the command line, but while it may be a bit simpler, it's only good when you're dealing with small amounts of information. Once there gets to be too much, a console can't display it in a meaningful way, in my opinion.
 
ash2ash said:
In Unix Clones, it is almost essential to learn SOME command line usage because you can execute batch commands lightspeeds faster than a GUI.

Still, when being presented with a large amount of information, I like GUI's to organize things. I mean, browsing the web with lynx (pseudo-CL web browser) is not exactly my idea of a good time.
I am running OS X and I don't need to know any UNIX, I am doing it for my own geeky enjoyment. I will also say that Apple has by far made the best GUI for a Unix system.
 

Sergeant

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I like the command line for the small, ocassional task. It's handy to do things you can't in windows. Like deleting files windows uses when it's running. So restart and boot to a DOS prompt and command line yourself to death.
 

London

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The ONLY time I EVER use my command line is to refresh/reset my IP address, that's it. Oh, and only if I can remember the command to.
 

robochan

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tarnok said:
Have you read In the Beginning was the Command Line? Good book. Don't know who wrote it now.
Neal Stephenson

It's actually what got me to try Linux for the first time. I started out with RH 5.2 running on a headless 486 that I telnetted in to.
 

Cygnus434

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If you're doing extremely large software development (like making an OS or a big game?) then command-line is the way to go. If you ARENT using command line while developing big software...then I hope you run out of memory you flippin' moron!

Also, some installers for software have a direct command-line interface that installs the software to default locations with default settings....I think that is much more efficient than running the GUI and clicking next, next, next, next, next, next, finish.

Both command-line and GUI have their place...I like them equally.
 

supermanjnk

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as a network tech, the command line is my friend (if you plan on using windows 2k3 server you better know the command line)
 
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