Thursday, December 09, 2004

Best tool for the job / Why I love the command line

I have this theory that the more specialized the tool, the better it does the intended job. I believe this is why I love command-line tools - it forces creativity, giving you small building blocks with which you create the precise masterpiece necessary for the job. A corollary to this: time spent learning all the functions of your most oft-used tools will reap huge rewards.
End fortune-cookie mode :-)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree, Peter! Custom solutions work better. The only downside to a custom solution is that it works for fewer people and isn't as easy to sell, but sometimes that doesn't matter.

My dad will never understand why the command-line is cool, but I love it!

Josh

December 9, 2004 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

At the other end of the spectrum, you have a tool whose strength is ubiquity - a Swiss Army Knife, or a Treo, which doesn't excel at any one of its features, but is something we always have on our person.

December 9, 2004 at 5:41 PM  

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