Command Line

I love me a good command line application. In the age of Windows, I hardly get to use them these days though. I mean, you can only get so much excitement from ipconfig.

Work does allow me to use command line options to a certain degree. We connect to these AIX servers in our main lab, and since a)I’m not physically there and b)even if I was I wouldn’t be allowed into the lab, we connect with PuTTY. Everything on these servers has to be done via the command line, so it’s a nice little break from the windowed environment that I’m so used to.

Cygwin is great for Windows in this regard. It’s like a mini linux command line environment. It’s not, I know, but it feels like it. And it does run a nice assortment of linux/unix applications. LifeHacker even has a command line todo list that saves everything in plain text.

I used to run this simple text editor called Q10, it even made typewriter sounds. I would have loved it if I could have used it to update my blog with, that would have been really cool. As I hardly ever include pictures or anything media based, a plain text editing connecting application to WordPress would be great. The main problem is that most of these third party apps aren’t being developed anymore. Not that editing and entering into WP is all that challenging, but it would be nice to have more options.

There was one based on VIMscript that looked like it could be a lot of fun and fuel the command line need, but it requires python support in cygwin, and I just wasn’t able to get that going. Granted I was at work and didn’t spend that much time trying Winking smile

There is a part of me that wishes I had more free time to write my own, probably java based, command line editor that would upload to WP. I mean, it can’t be *that* hard, right? But looking at the codex page for WP, even the links that have code examples are out of date or just missing. It’s kind of obvious that WP isn’t all that dedicated to having people write their own stuff. There’s not likely a lot of interest in it anymore.

I remember that I had blog software that was perl based and you would edit via the command line interface, but that was ages ago. I wonder if I can bring something like that back from the dead Smile

It would be a fun little project I have to admit. I’ll just add it to the ever growing list of ‘fun little projects’. I mean, there must be some abandoned project somewhere that I might be able to continue from, or something like that.

Anyway, this kind of got derailed and now I’ve lost my train of thought.

I love me a good command line.

1 Comment

  1. matt

    Yes, I feel the loss of the command line semi-regularly.
    I think part of it also comes from missing the focus and the even the font rendering…
    As to WordPress, sounds like you’ve got a solution, but you could alway go with Pine/Elm/Emacs + email publishing.
    There’s also a movement to use markdown and scripting for site/blog management (albeit not via WordPress so far as I’m aware).
    I think most stuff along that line is being done in the “fringe” community (i.e. Ruby, Python, Node, etc.)


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