[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Sat Oct 12 20:05:20 AEST 2019

On Sat, 12 Oct 2019, Doug McIlroy wrote:

> For a contrast in aha moments, consider this introduction to
> an early Apple (Apple II, I think).
> When my wife got one, my natural curiosity led me to try to
> make "Hello world".
> I asked her what to use as an editor and learned it all depends
> on what you're editing.
> So I looked in the manual. First thing you do to make a C program
> is to set up a "project", as if it was a corporate undertaking.
> I found it easier to write a program in some other editor than
> the one for C. Bad idea. Every file had a type and that editor
> produced files of some type other than C program.
> After succumbing to the Apple straitjacket, I succeeded.
> Then I found "Hello world" given as an example in the manual.
> The code took up almost a page; real men make programs that
> set up their own windows.
> Aha, Apple! Not intended for programmers.
> And that didn't change until OS X.
> Doug

That sounds like Macintosh rather than Apple ][.


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