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Daniela dgw at
Fri Mar 5 14:07:55 PST 2004

On Friday 05 March 2004 21:43, Jim Zajkowski wrote:
> On Mar 5, 2004, at 5:26 PM, Daniela wrote:
> > These are areas where optimization is critical, because if two
> > programs deliver equal quality, professionals will always choose the
> > one that is much faster than the other.
> Almost always, substantial speed gains in e.g. MPEG compression come
> from algorithmic advances and not by switching to assembly.

I know. I love to do all kind of optimization, including algorithm 
improvements. But I'm so into low-level programming, that it's (sometimes) 
easier for me to code in ASM than in C.

> Professionals also prefer tools that work the way they do, which is why
> most professional tools have steep learning curves -- because they're
> made to be efficient, not accessible.  Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and
> even UNIX have difficult interfaces for beginners but efficient
> interfaces for seasoned users.  Word, on the other hand, has a
> difficult interface for everyone.

Yes, that's true. While I would not yet call myself a seasoned user, I think 
shell navigation is more efficient than that graphical stuff, but newbies 
disagree with me.

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