Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated
Posted Nov 26, 2010 21:32 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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writing rules to sort emails has nothing to do with programming.
I wonder what your definition of programming is such that writing these rules isn't it. It seems to me that writing a procmail rule file involves the same skills and mental processes as, say, writing a Bash program, which I assume falls within your definition of programming. It's a matter of composing software to control a machine. In a company, it's probably the same person who does both.
There is a continuum from programming to simple end use (setting the time zone on a computer isn't programming), and the line of demarcation is fuzzy, but coding the configuration files I see in the article fall well on the programming side of it in my opinion. If a graphical tool to build mail handling rules is complex enough, I would call that programming too. Programming doesn't have to be done in text (the original programming was done by plugging wires).
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