Chad Perrin wrote:
On Sun, Dec 16, 2007 at 02:57:12PM -0500, Chuck Robey wrote:
Actually, I like ksh better, if you are really going all out for a programming shell, but if you're really after a scripting language, why restrict yourself to shells? things like Python & Ruby knock hell out of both ksh and bash. That's hardly even arguable. Too bad there isn't a good friendly shell-like mode to Python. Ruby would be out there, you couldn't even think about using a OO based tool for a user shell, those things need to be thought out, and that's the antithesis of being a friendly shell.

Considering I use Ruby's interactive interpreter, irb, all the time -- I
don't really agree that you couldn't make a good user shell from Ruby.  A
couple of tweaks in the way irb works would make for one of the best user
shells I'd ever seen.  All that's missing is an easier way to execute
external programs, as far as I can tell.

Well, I was only giving my personal opinion. I've never used irb, but it seems to me that using any sort of OO tool as a shell would be "cruel and unusual", but I guess it takes all kinds, and I certainly wouldn't prevent you from enjoying yourself, same as I'd expect from you to mine.
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