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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-20 17:07:30

"David Bergman" <davidb_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David A wrote:
>> > Yes, actually. Part of my weighting scheme has to do with
>> how often I
>> > need to type it. With filesystem, for instance, I either
>> use it very
>> > sparingly (and don't mind the typing), or I'm using it like mad and
>> > will go with an alias no matter what. With "std", I need it all the
>> > bloody time for everything, so it better be short. (Kind of
>> like "ls" or "cd").
>> That's basically my philosophy. Couple that with a belief
>> that the use of indcphrble abbrevs should be a conscious
>> choice on each programmer's part, and not forced upon them by
>> cruel or lazy library authors <wink>, and I think you can
>> understand why I don't like boost::algo or boost::fs by
>> default. If I could think of a better alternative I might
>> say the same about boost::mpl.
> Strange coming from a man who I guess spends a large portion of his day in
> Unix land.

Bad guess ;^)

> Maybe I should start including the following lines in my .bash_profile:
> alias change_current_directory="cd"
> alias list_directory="ls"

Shell commands are generally written once and thrown away. Code needs
to be read many more times than it's written.

Dave Abrahams
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