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Re: OT: automation

From: Sergiu Ivanov
Subject: Re: OT: automation
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:46:07 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)


On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 08:34:50AM +0100, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, 28. Oktober 2009 20:31:46 schrieb Sergiu Ivanov:
> > > mmv?
> > 
> > I'd rather agree with antrik here, because stuffing all these
> > operations in a single command seems a little bit useless, IMHO.
> That's something where I also agree, though. 
> The scripts I mean are these small utilities which can do what I need - and 
> exactly that. 

Personally, I think that such scripts are a very good thing -- one
example I can immediately remember is the well-known word combination
``backup script'': often doing backup by hand is too tedious and
time-consuming to leave this unautomated.
> > > Note: Until today I haggled with sed instead, because I didn't think this
> > > would be that easy with python...
> > 
> > Hm, this may be case-specific :-) For me the sed command is much
> > easier :-)
> I think it might be "Python feels like home for me"-specific ;) 

Ah :-)
> Also when I use sed I often end up with 
> "command unterminated" -> damn, I forgot to escape something :( 
> Might be related to having many spaces and non-letter characters in
> filenames, since the OS and tools damn well should not restrict how
> I name my files :)

That's also related to the MAX_PATH issue :-)

(I used to put spaces in filenames once, but then dropped that
practice, using dashes instead of spaces :-) )
> > I do agree with you :-)
> > 
> > Actually, I believe antrik referred to professional programmers, too.
> > But I may be wrong, of course.
> Then I hope he doesn't talk about the Eclipse users - who make up a
> not neglectable share of coders today (it's too far from my shell
> for my taste...  I decided to mostly use Emacs, and though Eclipse
> looks nicer, I only really miss easy refactoring - which I'm sure
> emacs can do, too, I just don't yet know how).
> I assume he talks about efficient UNIX programmers. 

I guess we should wait for antrik to decide who he referred to :-)


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