Backtick versus $()

Thorsten Glaser tg at
Thu Feb 24 21:06:07 UTC 2011

Rob Farmer <rfarmer <at>> writes:

> Have you used the default FreeBSD shell (tcsh) recently?

tcsh is not a shell. Well, it’s an interactive command line
interpreter, not a bad one compared to what else is offered
at that, but…

Sometimes they [people] care too much: pretty printers [and syntax highligh-
ting, d.A.] mechanically produce pretty output that accentuates irrelevant
detail in the program, which is as sensible as putting all the prepositions
in English text in bold font.   -- Rob Pike in "Notes on Programming in C"

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