Tips for installing windows and freeBSD both.. anyone??

Chad Perrin perrin at
Fri Nov 12 01:32:02 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 06:09:15PM +0000, Bruce Cran wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Nov 2010 09:57:17 -0800
> Chip Camden <sterling at> wrote:
> > However, for automating repeated tasks (as distinguished from running
> > automated tests of the GUI itself), scripting a GUI is the wrong way
> > to do it.  It's layering on an entirely unnecessary layer of
> > abstraction (the UI), and then working around it.
> This is why at least on Windows there's often a C/COM/.NET API that
> allows the same level of control that the GUI provides, so that
> customers can automate tasks.

It's too bad such APIs require so much more knowledge, and present so
much more of a barrier to entry for automating tasks, than a simpler CLI
filter's interface provides via something like the Unix pipeline.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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