The Command Line Comeback

In consumer technology, everything old is new again.

Another growing trend among modern alternatives to legacy products is the comeback of the command line, creating a user interface that’s both powerful and approachable to non-developers.

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What is the command line?

The command line is efficient, sure, but it is grindingly tedious.

The Macintosh, introduced in January 1984

The transition from the CLI to the GUI abstracted away the laborious verbal communication between humans and computers and replaced it with visually appealing, expensively designed interfaces.

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault.” — Walt Mossberg’s first column, 1991

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“We’re all starting to think — and work — like developers.” — David Ulevitch

We’re at an inflection point in consumer technical sophistication.

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