Why Shells are Awesome

I’m a developer, I think shells are awesome. When I was in ninth grade I took a class in typing with the 10-finger system, which was a full year of typing dull things into an incredibly old DOS interface.
I took these classes, because I had a couple of those Linux magazines and the authors occasionally brought up how much faster things were if you just could use your keyboard, instead of your mouse. My problem was, that I couldn’t type perfectly without looking at the keyboard. Continue reading “Why Shells are Awesome”

git tip: define a custom alias

Git provides a really, really powerful set of tools, which my brain can remember the most important ones of. Luckily, you can define alias’ for the commands that are nice to have, but probably a lot longer.

A quick collection of common shortcuts I’ve found in the git cheat sheet on errtheblog.com. Continue reading “git tip: define a custom alias”

Quick & Dirty: Character Counting

Having to hit a character limit is not the smartest rule in our educational system, but I get where it comes from. To track the process of how far along one is, I’ve created a little script that counts characters in a couple of files at once and outputs it with some percentage calculations. Nothing fancy, but I’ve used this about 200 times in the past month, so I thought I’d share it. Continue reading “Quick & Dirty: Character Counting”

How to: Start any application from the terminal

Starting any application from the terminal can ease your workflows a lot. I’ve gotten used to being able to open files from the shell, when I’m working on a project. I navigate to the project folder and start editing, either markdown files for documentation or source code.

Usually I’d type gvim file.md and watch the gVim window open. Continue reading “How to: Start any application from the terminal”

Developing with WordPress in 30 Seconds

A quick article about how I manage to set up a WordPress installation from scratch to have a clean and up to date working and testing environment.


I admit it, this is a catchy title and a lie. Actually it took me 27.889 seconds to do the following: Continue reading “Developing with WordPress in 30 Seconds”