Inspecting JSON Data

Instead of spending time writing code to view JSON or using a JSON viewer app, which can both be incredibely slow with large JSON files, you can use NodeJS to inspect JSON objects. Simply start the Node console:

$ node

Next, you can import the JSON and navigate the tree object to your heart’s content.

>> // Import JSON
>> require('./path/to/json')
>> /* `_` references the last output
>>  *   In this case: _ = require(...)
>>  */
>> r = _
>> // Traverse JSON tree

Prevent Mac from Sleeping

Mac’s contain a built in terminal function called Caffeinate. While one could download the free “Caffeine” app from the Mac App Store, the command line provides an easy alternative. It offers more control and in my opinion is easier to interpret. To activate, simply type:

$ caffeinate # Indefinite amount of time


-d	# Prevent display from sleeping
-i	# Prevent system from idle sleeping
-s	# Prevent system from lseeping (only when plugged in)
-u	# Resets the system timeout and/or will wake the computer
-t <seconds> # Specifies timeout in seconds from the time the command is run

SSH Tricks

SSH Shortcut

Modify your ~/.ssh/config file and add:

Host aliasName
    Port 2222
    User username

Usage: $ ssh aliasName

iTerm Specific

Pressing <Command> and ; at the same time will open an autocomplete dropdown selection in iTerm.

General Tricks

Searching for command history:
$ history to see all recent commands
Control + r to search through your recent history and use as your current command.

Count how many files are in a given directory:
$ find DIR_NAME -type f | wc -l

Count how many lines of code in a given directory:
$ find . -name "*.*" -exec wc -l {} \;

Show your permission on a directory:
$ ls -ld <directory>

Show the size of the files in a directory:
$ ls -lh

Print certain files all in one column:

$ ls -1. *.jpg # 1 column, JPGs

Mark file as not executable:
$ chmod -x fileName

Copy contents of file to the clipboard:
$ cat file.txt | pbcopy or $ pbcopy < file.txt

Show a mini calendar view:
$ cal

Count number of columns in CSV file:
`$ head -1 data_set/background-one.csv | sed ‘s/[^,]//g’ | wc -c$

Open URLs without copy pasting:
Command + Click

Delete word:
Control + w

Grepping (Searches for string in directory):
grep -r someString .. Useful doc

It’s also helpful to note that you can use regexes on most commands. For example:

killall -9 prefix_* # All processes that begin with "prefix_"
rm -f *_vs_* # Forcibly remove all files with names that have "_vs_" in them

Paste into a new file:

$ pbpaste > fileName

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