o, what a pitiful shame that we are stuck with Javascript as the lingua franca of the web, all of its many dangerous warts and pitfalls an indelible stain on the platform

now to take a big sip of coffee as I ponder the timeless beauty of the Unix way, with its elegant lingua franca, shell scripts

@SpindleyQ honestly my main philosophy on doing computer stuff is that those are the two things you aren't allowed to ignore or complain about because they're both so expressive and useful

@axfelix I've only recently really dug into bash as a language, and there are some incredibly good ideas in there!

but yeah, I don't think there is a widely popular full-featured software platform that doesn't have some truly awful design decisions baked in, so you just kinda gotta Deal

@SpindleyQ As a non-programmer I have no idea if you are being sarcastic or not.

Shell scripts are SUPER useful when doing science, butttt I've also seen people write whole programs in kcsh, which seems....not the best way to do things?

@Canageek Very sarcastic. Totally agreed that shell scripts are super useful and there are lots of good things about them! But also:

@SpindleyQ doing all my fancy web things with 50 different server-side bash scripts, the way James Unix intended.


@ben the time has come to modernize the crusty old Unix toolchain by rewriting autoconf in Javascript

@a_breakin_glass countercompromise: first-class browser support for DOM processing using awk

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