I'll just have to disagree with this one, okaaayyy?
FTP is anything but perfect, and it certainly isn't "sexy" like many other technologies, but like HTTP, SMTP, etc. it's a proven and reliable technology that is readily available in any platform whatsoever. I happen to like FTP for that very reason. It's stable and standard.
I'm with gazelem67; FTP is a stable protocol with a long, successful track record. I don't use it often, but when I do I seldom have a problem. The author concludes that FTP is "outdated, insecure, slow, unfriendly" -- the same could be said for Morse Code, for instance. Does that mean Morse Code is irrelevant or useless? Hardly. Like FTP, Morse Code fits the bill in a particular niche. Additionally, just as painful command-line FTP operations led to smart FTP clients, the agonizing and error-prone process of keying Morse Code eventually drove the development of automatic Morse Code transmitters.
Now if we were talking about Gopher, I might be more inclined to agree. :)
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