If there’s one mantra I like to leave people with, it’s Use Good Tools! … or, as I like to phrase it differently sometimes, Use the right tool for the job!
Stop clinging to old tools. It’s hard, since you have all that muscle memory, and you don’t want to lose what is sometimes hard-won knowledge, but … you still have to let it go. Sometimes, you have no idea how much better it could be!
Here is a list I came up with; I split it up into tools I’ve been using for years now, and ones that are more recent ones, since while the latter are still useful, I can’t vouch for them with the same “D’oh, you should obviously be using this!” level of enthusiasm.
Long-time use (highly recommend):
fish: Just pick one, doesn’t matter. If you can’t pick: _just go with Oh-my-zsh_
rtags: if you use C++ inside Emacs, make your life better
tmux: are you still opening multiple terminal windows? Don’t.
mosh: are you still re-ssh-ing every time you open your laptop or VPN in? Don’t.
fzf: anytime you need to pick options at the command-line; at the very least, the only way you should be referencing command history.
helm: If you use Emacs, are you still typing more than two or three characters per-operation? Don’t.
magit: If you use Emacs, this should be the only way you interact with
ag: Stop using
ripgrepinstead, I hear it’s as good)
jq: If you work with json output, duh.
htop: Stop using
Recent discoveries (cautiously recommend):
fd: dead-simple replacement for
exa: prettier-looking replacement for
peco: similar to
tig: for when you want to use
lnav: getting around log files
bat: context-aware replacement for
pydf: dead-simple replacement for