why tar is strange (was: The REALLY bad thing about Python lists ..)

Gordon McMillan gmcm at hypernet.com
Sat May 20 05:27:47 CEST 2000

Graham Bleach <itdcgb at its.hants.gov.uk> wrote:

>One of the most interesting ideas I have had recently was 
provoked by an
>article I read (I think by one of the leading Gnome developers). He 
>that it should indeed be possible to do all that is possible on the 
>line in a GUI, with the same flexibility. 

Visual query builders are an excellent example of the limits of this 
idea. They're great for those not fluent in SQL, but they're a 
hindrance to those who are. 

Not all algebraic problems can be expressed geometrically.

- Gordon

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