I remember when scary terminals became required for web programmers. You had to, gasp, run commands to do your work1.
Later, I discovered that I relied on random websites for stuff that command line interfaces (CLIs) do better. Like, convert a font, compress a video, etc.
If websites can break or start showing NSFW ads, CLIs have been around for years, if not decades. It’s also easier to remember a command than a bookmark.
- Show your files and folders with tree.
- Batch-rename files easily with rename.
- View your domain records with host.
- Human-friendly commands with tldr.
I recommend using Homebrew to install your command line tools. It works on macOS, Linux, and Windows using WSL2.
- No more double-clicking
index.html. Who said they miss FTP? Not me…↩