|Art Alexion on 13 Sep 2004 19:35:03 -0000|
Paul L. Snyder wrote:
Tobias DiPasquale wrote:
Quoting Howard Bloom <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Pansies or chrysanthemums, once you start wrestling in the
I like that.
While we're tossing quotes into the ring, here's one that I think apropos. It's from Heinlein's _Time Enough For Love_, as is the above quotation:
This is getting *so* off-topic...
Anyway, not to disparage Heinlein, but look at the simplicity of the Clemens quote vs. the Heinlein. Incredible how much one can say about something in one sentence...
Now to get a bit back on topic, one of the things that kept me learning and using Linux is that elegant simplicity -- something it seems windows programmers abandoned. (And now a plug: one of the Addison-Wesley books provided to us through Jeff Abrahamson is Eric S. Raymond's book, _The Art of Unix Programming_ [¨Zen and¨ is implied]. A valuable read even for us non-programmers. In it he explains the elegance through simplicity ethic of Unix programs, and how complex problems should be solved with modularity rather that monstrously large programs -- prone to problems, and consisting of often useless functionality that, at best, devours performance. This big spaghetti program seems to be the windows way. When hardware gets more powerful, windows users never get to enjoy better performance, because their software demands increase to keep up with it.)
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