My terminal setup

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As someone that customizes my devices frequently, it's surprising that I've never really touched the terminal, or as it's known on Windows - the command prompt. It's probably because I've never used it very much - it's only when I started learning Django that I used the command prompt on my computers for programming.

In 2016, I discovered the joy of customization when I started installing launchers on my Samsung Core Prime smartphone. From Nova to Microsoft Launcher, I played around with icon packs, the app drawer and the notification center, and I'll be doing a post describing some unique setups for Android devices some time in the future. In 2017, I started using rainmeter, which I still use today.

When I started programming, the main applications I used were Visual Studio Code, Unity, Github/Gitkraken and a web browser. It may seem odd, but until recently my main projects were bootstrap/react-powered websites and a series of interactive games (again, I'll be writing about my journey through programming soon). I never touched the terminal.

I'm now part of a proper team - for a long time, AC0/RD Software was primarily me - and just me - 99% of the time. When I added more people to my network, I started getting involved in python competitions and I learnt a lot about Raspberry Pis, robotics and programming in general. Right now, we're working on API services and I thought getting started with Django would be a good idea. I actually started with Django in April, when I was building the foundations for Arcadia, but after finishing the demo project I hadn't touched it for a while. I'd used the command prompt for things like pip and setting up virtual environments. When I determined that I'd need to use the terminal, or a bash application, frequently, I quickly came to the decision that I needed to beautify my setup.

I have 4 weeks left of school (including exams), and after Year 12 finishes I'll be getting a new laptop. I don't want to have to go through the aches of re-learning Linux (I haven't used it since May, and the dualbooting process took several years off my life) or getting a Macbook while I'm preparing for my ATAR/WACE exams, so I decided to try and find terminal applications that work on all platforms - that way I'll be able to bring my setup along with me after school.

For now, I'm using HYPERJS. I discovered and I fell in love with it, but it was a pain to install - well, I still haven't installed it (ha ha). Hyper was recommended to me by a friend and it looks just as good. If you haven't heard of Hyper, it's a terminal replacement that works on Mac OS, Windows & Linux. It supports a wide variety of open-source plugins and themes, which can be managed in the .hyper.js file.

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