Text Editors are Inappropriate

Elderly programmers like myself did our first coding with patch cords, spools of paper tape and with 80-column punch cards. This paradigm has persisted, namely that source code for computer programs is a linear stream of ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) text. Yet programs are really hierarchical rigidly structured data. If a customer asked us the best way to edit structured data, almost nobody would suggest a text editor, yet that is what we programmers use ourselves. We are as hide bound as Christians when it comes to our craft.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)