This article from way back in 1998 caught my eye this morning, drawn to my attention by this question posted to Quora. I know next to nothing about Unix programming, but the fundamental premise of the article, that writing command line instructions is literature when compared with programming by other more visually orientated means is intriguing. The reference to “the really old guys who once worked on teletypes and electric typewriters” deserved glossing over quickly1 but the rest of the article is very readable and, indeed, literary in its style.
1. As someone who can remember such things very clearly this struck a particular chord!↩