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Re: Unix philosophy under the gun?

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Unix philosophy under the gun?
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2001 14:58:27 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Friday, August 3, 2001 at 08:52:27 (-0400), Matthew Riechers wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Unix philosophy under the gun?
> If your approach CVS with only a non-UNIX mindset, you are effectively
> going against the grain, and that makes it very hard to learn and use.

Oh, but that is SO TRUE!  :-)

The last time I taught a large group of programmers and engineers about
CVS I told them this up front and though I used unix-ish examples
throughout all the while I was at the same time using a crappy
M$-Windows box as a workstation (i.e. with cvs on the M$ box accessing a
unix server).

Even with their expectations set, and even with a familiar context for
the demonstrations, they still complained.

I realised afterwards that I should have spent a whole day just teaching
those people how to think about software tools without ever mentioning
any specific type of system.  They had no basic understanding of how to
make their work easier!

I recently ordered a book called "Think UNIX" and I'm hoping it will
give me better proven methods for teaching people how to think about
building and using personal software tools.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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