I like to tinker. I have a wide array of electronics (e.g. camera lenses, microphones, electrical components) that honestly should get a lot more use than they do. And as a software developer, there is an increasingly large set of things that I would like to tinker with (and definitely do not have time to dig into).
When I switched from Arch Linux to Windows, tinkering became harder.
The switch had some great upsides, for example, no longer being a sysadmin. On the other hand, even basic development tasks were a bit hampered by the lack of a decent, or at least, familiar command line (and related tools).
And while solutions exist to that problem, like running a virtual machine or virtualized operating system… I’m not having any of that. That ain’t me 😤
Fortunately, Windows developers have learned that a lot of folks are in a similar situation and have made it very easy to run Linux in Windows via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
To be honest, that change alone got me 90% of the way there to having a much better developer experience 🥳
However, I work in different environments; at work I have a Mac, and at home, Windows, and I like having tools that are similar-ish across different environments.
Getting Hyper installed was easy, but by default, it runs the Windows command prompt. To get it to run WSL, I need to make a change to the
.hyper file (it’s configuration file, also found via
// the shell to run when spawning a new session (i.e. /usr/local/bin/fish) // if left empty, your system's login shell will be used by default // // Windows // - Make sure to use a full path if the binary name doesn't work // - Remove `--login` in shellArgs // // Bash on Windows // - Example: `C:\\Windows\\System32\\bash.exe` // // PowerShell on Windows // - Example: `C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe` shell: 'C:\\Windows\\System32\\bash.exe',
# Launch Fish if [ -t 1 ]; then exec fish fi
…And that’s it! Or it would have been, if I wasn’t done tinkering.
I’ve tried mucking around with terminal colours previously, and one of the nice things about using Hyper is avoiding that completely. By adding a new Hyper plugin,
hyper-solarized-dark, I was able to add one of my favourite colour schemes easily.
// In .hyper plugins: [ 'hyper-solarized-dark' ],
…And the terminal reloads almost instantly after seeing the change, and installing the new plugin!
I didn’t feel the need to add more plugins but the fact is that there are lots available and you can develop your own! Plus, they’re not all for work; some make you feel powerful or even surprise you 😏
It may not seem like much, but these small changes make a big impact for my work: WSL lets me use great *nix tools in Windows,
fish makes for an easier time in the command line, and
Hyper powers it all and allows me to customize things easily.
The combination of these tools has helped me to create my own Hyper-powered Windows… what might you combine to become a better tinkerer?
P.S. If you’re looking for some other great tools to try out, I’d recommend
oh-my-fish (if you’re already using
diff-so-fancy (much better
diff tool for
git users)3. I use the
plain theme which looks like this:
I’ve never written an extension before so I don’t know why this is so appealing to me as a feature. I just really like the idea of it 💭↩
If you use the↩
git, you may need to make some additional changes. See this thread