Wed 17 Oct 2012
“…I’ll answer the question. You want answers?”
“I think I’m entitled.”
“You want answers?!”
“I want the truth!”
“You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns…”
The above comes from a very famous movie allegedly based on the life of a lawyer that runs those ads on TV now. I don’t mean to imply that makes him better or worse than any other lawyer – people have to know you’re out there, and we don’t have yellow pages anymore. It’s a great scene… I’m not going to mention the name of the movie… not because of any copyright or anything. My premise started with the fact that the movie, and that scene in particular, are so famous that everybody will recognize it. I’m sticking to that.
But right now, I want the truth – about the current directory of the tool I am in. My responsibilities here at SlickEdit sometimes require me to use development tools that are not SlickEdit. And whenever this happens, I find it difficult to figure out what directory I am in. And this is not an indictment of a sole tool, although the one that prompted me to leave it and start this rant seems to be the worst offender.
Is the directory that my project is in a secret? Is there a dark piece of history surrounding the location of these files that have caused their family shame, and they don’t want me to know? Do they think that I “can’t handle the truth”? Am I the only user of these products in history to have to switch between two copies of the same project and try to figure out why one works and one does not?
I’m a big boy. I can handle it. Just tell me. And floating over a tab to show me where an open file came from is not good enough, because I don’t know if it is the one in that project or not.
For those of you who feel the same way, in SlickEdit you can go File>Change Directory to view (or change) the current directory. You can also go to the SlickEdit command line (click on the status bar to the left of the Line indicator) and type “cd”. Or if you speak UNIX you can type “pwd” if that makes you more comfortable… but typing “cd” by itself will not make the current directory of the editor your home directory.
Upon further review, I must admit the whole analogy falls apart somewhere around the part about “those walls have to be guarded by men with guns…” But I love the line “You can’t handle the truth!”. But in this case, I can. I just want to know what directory things are in.