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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All the time - it's totally useful for development. Say I'm exporting from a graphics app, and then need to copy to another directory - I can easily see which files have most recently been updates (both source and resources) and know that things are in the right state. It's useful for photos if you browse the directory containing them, documents, etc. Name is useful if you know the name, but by last-modified is incredibly good to have too.

And speaking of command line, I just needed to concatenate multiple .pvr graphics files into a single file, and the GUI tools I have don't want to do that. Pity the person who doesn't know how to cat 1.pvr 2.pvr ... > merged.pvr. Just sayin'.

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