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acme - Power of Simplicity

Coming from an MS-DOS background, I immediately fell in love with the Unix Programming Environment when I first encountered it. The idea of treating the "user" not as a "consumer" of large isolated and monolithic "applications" but rather provide a toolbox allowing to quickly assemble non-trivial ad-hoc programs in the form of pipelines utterly changed my take on how to use computers.

In a way, the Unix shell and the Unix tools are an "Integrated Development Environment" (IDE for short) although nowadays people believe that behemoths like Eclipse or Microsoft Visual Studio are IDEs.

However the original Unix toolkit lacked an integrated editor and so the full potential of the Unix Philosophy in One Lesson remained untapped for some time. (In case you are unfamiliar with the Art of Unix Programming I suggest reading all of it just in case.)

Enter Plan 9 from Bell Labs.

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