Sum number with AWK

Assume that you have a text file named test.txt with a list of numbers:


To calculate the sum in terminal, you can use:

cat test.txt | awk '{sum += $1} END {print sum}'

For more, refer to StackExchange Answer,

Help Grep

Aside from the usual :help command, you can also use :helpgrep to search for lines containing a certain pattern.

See :help helpgrep to read up on how to navigate through all matches.

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Get Query String in JavaScript

If you’re writing a lot of vanilla JavaScript like me, there will be time you need to get the url query. For instance, for the below url:

We want to get the value of query like this:

//=> "apple"

Introducing URLSearchParams

URLSearchParams is a native interface to work with query string. It also has a good browser support.

var urlQueryString =
// => "?query=apple"

var urlParams = new URLSearchParams(urlQueryString)

// Now you can get `query` by
// => "apple"

I learned about this from this Stackoverflow question.

For more detail, refer to MDN Web Docs.

Operating only on changed files

In some occasion, after making some changes to different files, we might want to apply some operations only on the changed files.

Assuming you’re using git for version control, we can use git diff --name-only to get a list of changed files.

In shell, we can use $(<command) to run a command and capture its output.

Combining these two, we can apply an operation on changed files by:

$ <command> $(git diff --name-only)

Use Case

Previously I am not using any code formatter on my client project. Even though, I can run the formatter directly on the whole project, I am afraid that some code might break (since I don’t have a full test coverage).

Hence, I plan to slowly format my code whenever I make any changes with this command:

bundle exec standardrb $(git diff --name-only) --fix


Vi Mode in any shell (Zsh, Fish and even Bash!)

VI Mode in any shell

Assuming that you love using VIM and the terminal, here’s a cool mode that can be activated on Zsh or any shell rather. (I am using Zsh, so, I will talk about it)

Enable vim mode on Zsh by adding this line into your .zshrc.
bindkey -v
Basically this means to enable vim mode

When this is enabled, refresh your shell and you can insert texts after pressing i and if you want to run any text-object related moves, just press Esc and the normal hjkl, b, w, ciw, diw, ^, 0, $ will work! Exactly like in vim!