Linked by David Adams on Fri 5th Aug 2011 16:08 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces A couple of days ago I read a blog post by Stephen Ramsay, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. In it, he mentions that he has all but abandoned the GUI and finds the command line to be "faster, easier to understand, easier to integrate, more scalable, more portable, more sustainable, more consistent, and many, many times more flexible than even the most well-thought-out graphical apps." I found this very thought-provoking, because, like Ramsay, I spend a lot of time thinking about "The Future of Computing," and I think that the CLI, an interface from the past, might have a place in the interface of the future.
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The VMS DCL command Line
by shotsman on Fri 5th Aug 2011 20:15 UTC
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Now that is a complete work.
If in doubt type help.
Totally hierarchial
Plenty of examples in the help

What more could you need?

Answer.... Nowt.

Unix Shell? Pah
Dos ? You must be joking.

In VMS DCL you could build a complete system installer.
Then the Files system could handle OOTB indexed Sequential files.
All from 1977. Years aherad of its time methinks.

Yeah, I spent 20years working on VMS for DEC. nothing I have ever come upon since is anywhere near as powerful as DCL.

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