Re: elegance: I'm a die-hard VMS supporter (call me an open-minded bigot), butQuote:>VMS fans don't hate UNIX, they just don't understand it :-)
>And anyway, UNIX is just so...well... "inelegant" is the best word to
>Having recently used several UNIX systems, I have to say that they all
>"feel" like a step backwards from VMS into the dark ages of computing.
I must say that in the classic computer science sense of the "elegance" concept
(i.e., an algorithm implemented or solution derived in an optimal way with the
least coding effort), UNIX has it all over stock, uncustomized, off-the-shelf
VMS in some areas.
The trait that UNIX lacks is orthoganality. IMHO, that's because it was
designed and implemented by commitee (multiple committees, actually) over a
long period of time with no common design spec, no communication between many
of the committee members, and (at least initially) no need to make it good
enough to get people to shell out money for. Unlike VMS.
Given a large programming project, or the need for real security, or the
requirement that the O/S and the app stay up for any length of time, or the
need to be able to remember and make some degree of sense out of CLI commands
and qualifiers, I'll bet the business and my job on VMS. Until they pry the
consolidated distribution CDs out of my cold, dead fingers.