TLDR: install thefuck

The Right Tool for the Right Job

Using the right tool for the right job is kind of why I can’t decide myself on using one programming language.

When it comes to programming, I have the feeling that using the mouse is highly unefficient.1

It really breaks the flow, you are in the process of writing some code, with both your hands on the keyboard, and all of a sudden you grab the mouse to, I don’t know, launch the tests or click on some website you are testing. I don’t like that.

What I try to do on a daily basis is find where and when my mouse is breaking my flow.

This (I hope so) will be a series of articles where I take one part of my working flow and try to get rid of the mouse.

Protip: Put my mouse on its back so every access to the mouse is a conscious one. Try it, and let me know.

The git ‘flow’

Each time I work on a new task, I start by creating a new branch. Let’s say I work on this article.

git co -b going-mouseless-part-1

After that I create the file, write some stuff down, the usual…

When I’m satisfied with my work, I commit

git add
git commit -m"meaningful commit message"
git push

and BAM

fatal: The current branch going-mouseless-part-1 has no upstream branch.
To push the current branch and set the remote as upstream, use

    git push --set-upstream origin going-mouseless-part-1

I grab my mouse, select the last line and copy/paste it. At least that’s what I used to do.

A perfect solution for this use case is TheFuck.

Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.

Once installed, instead of grabbing my mouse, I just type fuck then enter twice and that’s it!

Here is a complete demo:

This tool is a really useful one, it saves me on a daily basis with everything, typos, missing sudo,… plus, it’s pleasant to curse.

  1. This is only my opinion