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Re: [SLUG] composite multiple images command in imagemagick
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] composite multiple images command in imagemagick
- From: Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:48:15 +1000
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<quote who="Rick Welykochy">
> I've always pondered where to draw the line between sys admin and
> programmer /analyst.
Wherever you draw it, draw if very firmly. Sysadmins should not write code,
coders should not administer systems. Heinous crimes are committed when the
streams are crossed!
> Many sys admins I work with can whip up shell scripts and are whizzes at
> handling utilities and such in the shell. But often they are not adept at
> designing software systems and implementing them. No offense, admins, but
> it is a different discipline.
Absolutely. But the inverse is also true. :-)
> Which raises the question: does it require a programmer to handle and
> correctly execute complex command-line programs like convert, etc. as
> found in Imagemagick?
Naw, those are pretty straightforward if you have the mind-set for them. I'd
venture that ImageMagick is not exactly the most useable suite of command
line tools. :-)
> As an aside, my brain begins weeping when I have to do something novel
> with iptables (another command-line monster) but I don't consider that a
> programming job. I get the impression many Linux admins can configure
> iptables in the dark without a keyboard and both hands preoccupied with
> beer and pizza.
iptables is firewall assembly language. There are other things that provide
the equivalent of portable sugary description (equivalent to C in the code
ecosystem), concise object-oriented approaches (equivalent to languages such
as Python), and even visual approaches (logo for firewall designers!).
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