Progaramming: how to add a gui front end to a CL command?
pjh42 at pobox.com
Mon Aug 6 22:49:21 UTC 2007
Michael T. Richter keyed the following on 8/5/2007 8:55 PM:
> On Sun, 2007-05-08 at 17:41 -0700, Matthew Voss wrote:
> > But a front-end to a command line command would make peoples life
> > easier wouldn't it?
> It depends very much on the command, actually. There are some things
> (far fewer than most believe!) that are easier and better done on the
> command line. (This is, incidentally, why Bruce chose "find" -- he
> deliberately picked a utility that he thought would be of
> questionable use when GUIed and beat the straw stuffing out of it.)
> For most things, however, and for most people, GUIfied versions of
> commands would be better than the command line. This is, after all,
> why GUIs were invented in the first place.
> The person who writes the GUI wrapper for a CL utility will rarely
> receive the benefit of it because, simply, to wrap a non-trivial
> utility in a GUI would require learning the utility so well that the
> GUI would be of little use to the person who made it. So if you're
> only considering yourself when writing utilities (and most software
> writers do only think of themselves), there's little benefit to
> "wasting time" on making GUIs.
Not necessarily. It depends on how often one need to use the command.
GUIs help you if you don't remember!
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