Alan Kay's answer to Why do you need to use command prompt? - Quora https://www.quora.com/Why-do-you-need-to-use-command-prompt/answer/Alan-Kay-11
@enkiv2 I frequently imagine people are just trolling Dr. Kay, knowing that he can never just answer the question that was asked.
It was an interesting read, but ...
I think his take is the best in the thread tbh: the easy answer is "GUIs don't have the automation support of CLIs", but Kay knows that it's not because they can't.
@enkiv2 It was really interesting to me, partly because even after having read books on End User Software Development and Programming by Demonstration the closest to any of the things he mentioned was Pygmalion. And Pygmalion is basically just executable flowcharts. I definitely want to look into Sketchpad, now.
It just, I don't know, if I'm asking a certain question about a topic, I am usually pretty focused on just that topic. I appreciate the historical context that Kay has imbued in his memory; it just seems to answer a different question.
There is another question though: am I reading the entirety of Kay's response? I don't think I am; I think Quora is cutting his response off mid-way, not being a paying user of the site.
A CLI doesn't need this to be the case, since a CLI is already a byte-stream framework which applications "plug into" via stdin, stdout, etc.
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