concept: get on my lawn software.
a software design philosophy that believes good software ages like a fine wine. it shuns trends and salesmen disguised as programmers, shuns the fancy new framework. instead, gomls curates quality old software like a carefully tended forest. software that has stood the test of time, and, though it seems antiquated, it’s as robust as cast iron anvil.
software for the mature discerning adult
1. SQLIte came out in august of 2000, which makes it 19 years old. it has the distinguished honour of being the only program in existence that uses filesystem APIs correctly.
2. RSYNC came out in June 1996, it is 23 years old. it is the only program that I trust for copying large files and large amounts of files between any two points. it natively supports ssh and, in some configurations, uses an extremely clever rolling checksum algorithm that makes me seriously question the sanity of games consoles and operating systems vendors who do not use RSYNC for system and software updates.
so that this list isn’t unixy stuff only
3. Excel, initial release, 1987, 32 years ago.
love it or hate it, excel gets shit done, it still gets shit done, and it’s been getting shit done for a very long time.
its fomula language and macros system fulfills the promise of users sooving their own problems in a way every other system has utterly failed, possibly because it’s cloaked from the ruinous grasp of “professional programmers” attempting to turn it into a “real” application platform.
> fun fact: excel formalae are the world’s most popular pure functionsl programming language. move the fuck over, haskell.
Not *entirely* related, but I love this story about the project to add the first "real" version of excel macros in 1991: https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2006/06/16/my-first-billg-review/
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