Using better CLIs
Nikita Sobolev Oct 07, 2017 Updated on Oct 09, 2017
For people who spend half of their lives in a terminal user experience and functionality is highly important. Making you a happier person.
Here are some very good alternatives to some default command line applications.
My full setup includes all the stuff discussed in this article and even more. Check it out: https://github.com/sobolevn/dotfiles
When working with open-source (and Github) projects frequently sometimes
git is not enough. So, Github created a tool called
It allows to fetch from remote forks, browse issues, and create pull requests with ease!
# Open the current project's issues page $ git browse -- issues → open https://github.com/github/hub/issues # Fetch from multiple forks, even if they don't yet exist as remotes: $ git fetch user1,fork2 # Browse issues: $ git browse -- issues → open https://github.com/github/hub/issues # Create a pull request: $ git pull-request -F message-template.md
Let's face it.
git log sucks. It allows browsing commits history, but when you want to look inside a specific commit for its changesets or tree structure, well ... You will have to memorize all these commands or use a lot of external plugins.
tig solves it all. Firstly, it allows to browse commits history. Then you can dive inside! Browse changesets, file trees, blames, and even blobs!
postgres (and mysql too!)
When working with
postgres we have to use
psql. And it is quite good. It has history, some basic autocomplete and commands that are easy to remember. But, there is a better tool called
- smart autocomplete
- syntax highlighting
- pretty prints of tabular data
It also has a version for
By the way, yesterday a new 10th version of
postgres was released. :tada:
System monitoring is a common task for every developer. Standard tools like
htop are fine and trusted software. But look at this beauty,
glances has a lot of plugins to monitor almost everything: https://github.com/nicolargo/glances#requirements
It also has a web interface and a pre-build
docker-container to integrate it easily. My top list of plugins:
gpu(very useful for miners and coins-folks!)
Create your own if you want to!
wget are well-known and widely used. But are they user-friendly? I don't think so.
httpie is user-friendly and can do everything these tools can:
And even more. I don't regret a single minute using it instead of
jq is like
json. It is useful in automation, configuration reading, and making requests.
You can try it online.
Sometimes you have to do something live: a screencast, a gif, a talk. But everything can go wrong. You can make a typo, or misspell a word. That's where
doitlive comes to the rescue.
Just create a file called
session.sh with command that needs to be executed and then run:
doitlive play session.sh
Now you are a command line magician.
I do a lot of
python development. So, here are my tools to make it better.
pip Script Installer. It creates a
virtualenv for every script and symlinks it into your
/usr/local/bin. So it won't pollute your global environment.
pipenv is a tool that aims to bring the best of all packaging worlds (bundler, composer, npm, cargo, yarn, etc.) to the Python world.
The problems that Pipenv seeks to solve are multi-faceted:
- You no longer need to use pip and virtualenv separately. They work together.
- Managing a requirements.txt file can be problematic, so Pipenv uses the upcoming Pipfile and Pipfile.lock instead, which is superior for basic use cases.
- Hashes are used everywhere, always. Security. Automatically expose security vulnerabilities.
- Give you insight into your dependency graph (e.g.
$ pipenv graph).
- Streamline development workflow by loading
ipython = Interactive
ipython brings autocomplete, nice history, and multiline editing to the
python shell. It integrates into
flask nicely without any configuration.
It is a must for all of my projects. If you like it, also check out