It’s an ever-continuing debate: what is better, a graphical user interface, or a command-line interface? Graphical user interfaces may be easier to learn, but complicated operations may require a lot more user input than with a command line interface, which can perform several complicated operations by using a short sequence of words and characters. However, a CLI has a much steeper learning curve than a GUI. Google has always had a certain CLI-quality to it, and Stefan Grothkopp decided to take this a few steps further: say hello to Goosh.Goosh, the Google Shell, is a command-line interface of the many functions Google provides, allowing you to do all sorts of cool things. For instance,
translate nl en "lang leve de CLI!" will translate said sentence from Dutch (Netherlandic, “nl”) to English. See the image below to get an idea.
Its usefulness is most likely debatable, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t insanely cool.
I really like it. If they can make a live gadget for it then I would put it on my default live homepage.
Before anyone says why I use live personalized page and not google’s. I like Live’s because it has all the gadget I need.
But for search I like google.
Kinda the same thing but with more sites. And as it runs from an actual shell you can script it
My first thoughts were: Why use a separate shell for this? Why not write a set of command-line tools that can be used in an existing shell?
I could imagine two reasons. The first is that simple command names like “google” or “translate” aren’t exactly common in today’s command line environments. Few people would ever dare bind a command like “translate” to google services because, “well, people may want to use another translation service, and we also want to give it a cooler name”. Ironically, in the old days of the command-line, such a kind of simplicity was much more common.
The second reason is that Goosh outputs hypertext (e.g. embedded links), for which typical command line environments like bash (let alone Windows’s cmd.exe) are not prepared.
funny, I like it. True I am not sure of the use it has but anyway. cool toy.