[TUHS] Good ol' ed (Was *ROFF)

Clem cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed May 16 00:47:57 AEST 2018


Yeah.  We lost that and it was a good thing.  Programming became a operation between you and your computer in the privacy of your own office. 

Sent from my PDP-7 Running UNIX V0 expect things to be almost but not quite. 

> On May 15, 2018, at 10:37 AM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> 
>> On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 08:17:38AM -0600, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
>> "Ron Natalie" <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> I never really learned VI.   I can stumbled through it in ex mode if I have
>>> to.   If there's no EMACS on the UNIX system I'm using, I use ed.
>>> You get real good at regular expressions.    Some of my employees were
>>> pretty amazed at how fast I could make code changes with just ed.
>> 
>> I did learn vi, after having learned ed first.  I drop down to the ex
>> command line for major regexp-based surgery too.  I also get the amazement
>> from co-workers who watch me do stuff. :-)  This is particularly true
>> of the, er, younger coworkers (kids today ... :-) who can't manage
>> outside an IDE.
> 
> In fairness to them, I don't know how you learn the good stuff outside
> of a terminal room.  I learned so much by watching the screen change
> and going "WTF?  How did you do that?"
> 
> There is only so much you can stuff into a manual.
> -- 
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> Larry McVoy                     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 


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