Fuck I don’t know, should I even be writing about this? It’s not like I have a particularly leet-haxxor-y reader-base…
Know that text-based computer interface you see some of the coolest hackers working with in the latest spy-kiddies movie? It’s the command line, and it’s as cool as the movies make it seem. It’s fucking radical is what it is. Want to go to that one document buried deep in your computer? Don’t worry, just type the path to it. No idea where it is, but remember a sentence from it? Do a search for that sentence, easy-peasy. Want to look like you’re doing cool hacker things while browsing the internet? Slap a text-based browser on there and off you go.
In all seriousness though, the command line is great. It’s sort of where it all started, and what it’s all based on. The fact that the things are still around to day says a lot about the amount of utility they deliver. Sure it takes some time getting used to, learning the ropes and all, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re doing any kind of development you may want to get comfy with it because there’s no way you’ll be able to avoid the command line for the rest of your life.
Today I came across this post, which mostly talks about “zsh”, an alternative to the very common command line interface “bash”. It’s all kinds of great, the biggest and best highlight (in my experience so far) being the massively improved auto-complete functionality. Oh and hey, all kinds of pretty colors are suddenly super easy to come by!
Can’t wait for the weekend to start so I can hurt my hands even more by fiddling around with zsh.