My Favorite Tools/Commands

Unordered List of commands and tools I enjoy

My Favorite Tools/Commands

Unordered List of commands and tools I enjoy:

last updated: 20211230

last updated: 20220123

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Add Context to complex code bases 

Here is an example of a codebase that has been coverted into  graph view!

Creating a code walkthrough is really easy!

Bellow is one i made for the svelte compiler

Link to above walkthrough so you can get a feel for the software in action

CodeSee: Continuous Understanding
CodeSee is the world’s first solution for Continuous Code Understanding. CodeSee helps development teams visually understand how your large-scale codebase works, document it, and collaborate continuously.

there website CodeSee

Github Actions

Want to have a automatically building on every commit website, and wait, its for free?

Github actions enters stage right.


I'm using a 'github action'

an action is just a set of steps which are bash shell command that do something to your code on commit

text-processor-react uses them to build a react static site for this repository on every build

Lets see it in action

Here we see ✅ means my action succesfully completed ❌ means it failed.

I have multiple actions that do different things.

Lets look at one of these runs

There are two major actions one to build my site, the other to deploy to github pages (the free hosting i talked about)

actions live in the ./github/workflows/<NAMEOFACTION>.yml

opeing 'webpack.yml'

We see some steps, one that builds my website, and another the deploys it github pages

Heres what mines looks like for example

name: NodeJS with Webpack, and push to github pages

    branches: [ main,master ]
    branches: [ main,master ]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

        node-version: [12.x, 14.x, 16.x]
    - uses: actions/checkout@v2

    - name: Use Node.js ${{ matrix.node-version }}
      uses: actions/setup-node@v1
        node-version: ${{ matrix.node-version }}

    - name: Build webpack to dist folder
      run: |
        yarn run build
        cp ./src/index.html ./dist/index.html
    - name: Deploy to GH Page
      uses: JamesIves/[email protected]
        branch: gh-pages
        folder: dist 

To learn more google

github actions getting started tutorial

or deploy static site using github action

or deploy react app using github actions

Amazing Screenshot for code

This a small tool that does one thing really, really well.

it makes pretty screenshots of sample code. Great for use with code documentation

Carbon snippet
const pluckDeep = key => obj => key.split(‘.’).reduce((accum, key) => accum[key], obj) const compose = (...fns) => res => fns.reduce((accum, next) => next(accum), res) const unfold = (f, seed) => { const go = (f, seed, acc) => { const res = f(seed) // usefull regexr link explaining what…

Example screenshot output

looks good right?

Tip: use the copy to clipboard


gnu 'cat' backwards :)

Bat: a better cat alternative!

sharkdp/bat: A cat(1) clone with wings.

Notes: it installs as `batcat` which is really anoying, the fix is this

sudo apt install bat
mkdir -p ~/.local/bin
ln -s /usr/bin/batcat ~/.local/bin/bat

Quote on why:

`Important: If you install bat this way, please note that the executable may be installed as batcat instead of bat (due to a name clash with another package). You can set up a bat -> batcat symlink or alias to prevent any issues that may come up because of this and to be consistent with other distributions:`


Note taking app that turns your notes into a personal internet, generating a graph!

Update: 20220123 I don't use roam any more, it's paid, and i now use opensource alternatives. :) see my other blog post about it Click here

Roam is anNote-taking app that turns your notes into a personal internet, generating a graph!

Roam Research – A note taking tool for networked thought.
As easy to use as a word document or bulleted list, and as powerful for finding, collecting, and connecting related ideas as a graph database. Collaborate with others in real time, or store all your data locally.

Why roam?

  • Isn't it just another markdown notetaking app? Well... yes! but what sets it apart is its unstructured linking between notes that makes it scale well with thousands of notes like me (currently 2k notes!)
  • when you start to get over the 300 mark it's impossible to sort and search for anything in note taking apps, and they slow down to a crawl! google keep is really great, but it's not meant to handle 1GB of data!
  • Roam Solves this by turning note sorting upside down. Introduces a old and familiar concept:

This allow for sorting not based on everything tagged with the same "#idea tag" but based on groups and dependency. just like the internet works, its not the data the is valuable but its links!

See an extreme example


a better alternative to ssh!

what i like about mosh so much is that i can use shitty confrance wifi to connect to my server and close my laptop and pickup where i left off, because mosh handle intermeitent connection issue for you!

demo usecase: oh shit my wifi disconnected mid download of a 20 min install! f&&&!

but with mosh its all good lets see

wifi is turned off! and mosh tells me that im disconnected! ssh doesnt do this for you!

when i connect back again its all working as expected!


so how do i install it?



on a ubuntu linux device run

sudo apt-get install mosh

Server you want to connect to

ssh [email protected]
sudo apt-get install mosh

Connect to server


ssh [email protected]


mosh [email protected]

its a seamless replacement for ssh

note it uses ssh to connect inially for security, but after that its all handled by the mosh-server

For more platforms supported see their website Mosh: the mobile shell

Bye for now!

Check out my other posts

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awesome & fun machine learning projects I’ve found across the innerwebs!


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