Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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RE[6]: Interesting
by lucas_maximus on Fri 27th Jul 2012 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Interesting"
lucas_maximus
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It not whether I like the first mac, but I think that everyone thinks of files and directories as something essential to computers, when maybe they aren't.

I keep on talking about Design decisions and lock in on here, but it is mostly ignored.

Once you make a design decision about a piece of software as fundamental as directories and files, you essentially lock in that idea.

REST has a different paradigm ... while normally implemented with web services, it could be implemented in other ways (for example, apparently it can be implemented via Email - I have a hard time imagining it but It can).

It is different way of accessing information than files. I know fundamentally lower down somewhere there is going to be a files storing the information or the the values the information was computed on, however that is abstracted away from the user.

It is another paradigm of accessing information.

I think my main argument is, why were files and directories chosen in the first place? Is there a better more modern way of abstracting this out.

Most people at work, when they want to find something out use Google or Wikipedia ... there is no real concept of a file containing information, there is a stream of relevant information, more akin to picking another person's brain.

Edited 2012-07-27 17:52 UTC

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