[LINK] literacy (not computer literacy) and GUIs
Thu, 15 Nov 2001 20:41:26 +1000
On Thu, 15 Nov 2001 13:33:21 +1100, Danny Yee wrote:
> find all files bigger than 1MB which haven't been modified
> in the last year and print their names and sizes
>That's a perfectly ordinary (and quite useful) task, but the mind
>boggles at how one would implement a graphical interface for doing
In my contract role the other day, while struggling to manipulate
data transferred from a Unix system to a Windows environment, I showed
my age and suggested we download the freely available "THE" editor and
use that to select the lines we wanted in the downloaded file.
This is the "Hessling Editor" - a GNU (freely distributable) version
of the beloved IBM mainframe editor "Xedit", emulated in DOS and
Windows by the commercial KEdit and/or KEdit for Windows but freely
available as "THE" under the GNU licence (for Windows/Unix etc).
"THE" is free. Search on the Internet for "Hessling Editor". Unlike
Word or Notepad it's designed for dealing with data rather than text,
and implements the REXX macro language much like the original.
You can do things with this DOS based program that would/does take
much much longer using Windows based non-data oriented editors and
Sometimes I feel the world is moving backwards when I feel the need
to reach out for a tool that clones a very useful but largely
forgotten tool from the largely forgotten mainframe era.....