LC/macOS App Store

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at iotecdigital.com
Fri Nov 9 17:49:12 EST 2018


It's funny you should say that. Long ago when the first Apple MacIntoshes came out, I fell in love with the GUI simply because I could use a computer without having to type in commands. For years, I would not even work with a PC, because all their was to work with was DOS, and even when Windows came out, it was really DOS pretending to be a GUI. 

Later, when I went from being a hobbyist to doing real IT for a living, I was soooo exasperated with PCs because reformatting a hard drive was an evening's work, especially if the manufacturer wasn't real clear about how many sectors, blocks, etc in the sticker on the drive! But I always had Macs to look to, where I could say, "See? NO COMMAND LINE! THAT's how to do computing nowadays!" 

Now, even with all the advances Microsoft has made in their OS, some things can *only* be done from a command line, and I think this is just laziness on the part of developers. Apple seems to have fallen in to this developer malaise, where it's easier to just write some terminal code and tell people, "Just type this command..." 

People cannot remember commands, especially not terminal commands, with all the arguments and caveats and different ways to put it all together. Apple used to be, "The computer for the rest of us." Now it's just another computer. 

Bob S


> On Nov 9, 2018, at 14:27 , Rick Harrison via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Kee,
> 
> Thanks for that.  Although I’ve been down that
> lane for sometime now.  Why Apple keeps 
> making things worse and worse instead of
> the other way around I don’t know.
> 
> In principle, I believe that no LiveCoder should
> ever have to be subjected to using the Terminal.
> Ideally we should have a stack that pulls everything
> together for our LiveCode users so they don’t have
> to even touch it.
> 
> I will let you know what I find out if anything.
> 
> Rick



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