[TUHS] V9 shell [was Re: Warner's Early Unix Presentation]

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Feb 12 03:12:10 AEST 2020

On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 11:03 AM Bakul Shah <bakul at bitblocks.com> wrote:

> I call it automiscorrect.
I've been known to same something similar.  Usually with a #$%^& before it.

> First, it is very easy to mistype on these touch based interfaces and then
> they miscorrect using too large a vocabulary.
+1, amen brother Shah, amen,

> At USC, back when I was a student, they started us off with PL/C, a subset
> of PL/I. The PL/C compiler tried its level best to make sense of the
> student programs it was given, with error messages such as “PL/C uses
> ....”. This was confusing to many students as they would do exactly what
> PL/C said it used and yet their program didn’t work.
FWIW: I referenced both PL/C and IBM PL/1 compiler in my quora answer.
In an interactive world, offering a note like Grammerly's underline, seems
reasonable to me - because it forces me to accept it.   The automatic doing
it for me, is what I dislike - as you said, on touch interfaces it's
twice as bad.

I remember having a conversation with Doug Cooper when we all were teaching
the intro to CS course and I we were getting students turning in
'auto-corrected' code for assignments and wondering why the TAs were not
amused.  I had thought that having the compiler tell you what was in error
and then maybe offering a suggestion, might make sense, but there needed to
be some action on the student's part to accept >>and<< repair to code
before the compiler would produce something that 'ran.'

Anyway, I still think "*Damn Warren's Infernal Machine*" was always well

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