Posted Sep 21, 2005 15:46 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Five Pitfalls of Linux Sockets Programming (developerWorks)
Parent article: Five Pitfalls of Linux Sockets Programming (developerWorks)
I think you have missed the point, probably because you did not want to see it. Pike says:
The tool approach teaches lessons other communities can learn from.
Try to diff two PowerPoint docs.
It is obviously not meant as a shortcoming of diff, but of PowerPoint: binary formats break diff, so they might provide a similar tool. Then you say:
I'll be so relieved when I can finally use regexps in Netscape.
I think the author is not requesting regexp search in Netscape because it is useful; he is pointing out that it is not possible to use regular expressions at all. With command line tools, you can usually pipe the output to egrep; graphical programs break this paradigm and some others in the process, and often do not replace it with alternatives. The result is a less powerful environment.
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