||[May. 20th, 2015|09:44 pm]
Spent Saturday on my "back to the command line" project, lost in package installer upgrade land -- i hadn't taken care of various installed from unix package systems for ages. I found "port upgrade outdated" recompiling the c compiler. This took a while.
I've been fiddling with emacs and various things like using evernote from emacs and learning org-mode and markdown.
This morning, however, there was kerffluffle email at work that caused great distraction.
Christine's dental work went fairly smoothly and she's recovering.
Scattered but doing OK here.
I go to the command line when there is no other choice, sort out whatever it is I need to do, only after much research and agonizing, and retreat from that particular front line to the comfort of a GUI as quickly as I can.
I'm getting back to using the emacs editor/kitchen sink. I've wanted to learn to program in python for a while and now that i have some mental room, i'm starting. I'd decided a long time ago that i would use emacs as my integrated development editor and so there's that. I've some data analysis that i'd like to do. While i did learn how to do histograms in excel, once upon a time i could do all sorts of data analysis and system models in code.
There's also a frustration i have with a number of standard "information management" tools. Calendars, todos, and address books have all morphed in ways that frustrate me. I'd been moving to put things in evernote, but i might just use emacs for managing my addresses and schedule.
My fingers are remembering keyboard shortcuts i used decades ago!
I am intrigued by your command line project. I don't suppose I've ever left the command line. I mostly try to keep stuff in text files, and use a combination of bash, perl and ruby to search files and do other stuff. I try to do all the new stuff in ruby because even after years of use bash syntax makes my brain hurt, and nobody seems to use perl anymore. I've tried python a couple of times and bounced.
I slowly migrated away as i began to trust (stupid, stupid) applications that seemed to use standards (haha) like vcard.
When evernote came about, i found the best of apparently text files and got the benefit of a fairly robust syncing program.
In my new role i've gotten back to needing to analyze data (logs, mainly) and have been hacking at excel and using awk. Before i go too far down that path, i'd like to pick up a language and write analysis with that instead of awk & tcsh.
ASIDE: SGIs defaulted to tcsh: i never really learned bash. Gawk was the scripting language i became very proficient in ages ago. Perl was beginning to get notice and i was beginning to pick it up when i stopped having real reasons to write scripts.
Data analysis packages seem to often use python as the plugin/extension/implementation language. Commercial GIS packages come to mind. So, python has been on the top of my list for some time. I've started down the "i will learn python road" a number of times and stumbled. The IDE environment question frequently led me back to emacs.
Meanwhile, a working group i'm in is using markdown. So i've this tangle of personal information management needs and dissatisfactions (which i was happily managing in emacs before i migrated to GUIs), a desire for a programming IDE, and a desire to start learning markdown too. Emacs may be a happy place to manage some of the details. I'm already appreciating some of the TODO functionality in org-mode. I'm still not clear how it will work out .... Right now it's definitely experimental.