The way to think about VisiData is: imagine the core functionality of Excel Pivot Tables were written by a UNIX & command-line hacker with a love of Python, plain text formats, good CLIs, and rich/visual command-line tools, like htop and vim. Take that as a starting point, and then imagine the hacker took the concept very deep and wide. That’s VisiData. It’s a pretty cool project.
Wow, thanks Andrew. I’ve put a lot of thought and love into VisiData and it is so heart-warming when someone really gets it. I’m proud to be called a hacker (in the design sense and not the security sense of course :)
I’m adding (what will hopefully be) a smooth history-diving workflow to vgit, to help track down when sheet joins were broken in VisiData. If anyone wants to play with an experimental git TUI (or help design), I’d love to get some feedback!
I’m a bit surprised at all of the people rushing to defend Rick. Should the situation have never gotten that far? Sure. Does that absolve Rick from being very bad at his job? Not at all. Especially if you read some of the followups (e.g. Why Rick couldn’t come back from the brink), he was afforded ample opportunity to not be an asshole martyr.
Are we so attached to the solo hero coder idea that we can’t help but defend it even when it’s as toxic as Rick is?
I wouldn’t call the comments here as defending Rick as much as trying to be more critical of the author, who chose to exemplify his firing of an employee as an example of good management. I mean, it’s in the freaking inflammatory title: “We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.” Would you expect that to be the statement of a well-meaning, constantly-reflecting leader?
Somehow this article had very little actual content or advice.
I think the advice is pretty clear. Stick to something until it is finished, and don’t let your mood dictate your work schedule if you are building something.
Nothing is ever finished.
That’s why you stick to something.
You also need to learn to, in the words of a now-famous new-generation Disney princess, “let it go, let it go.”