What is a TUI file explorer & why would you need one?

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  • xplr

    A hackable, minimal, fast TUI file explorer

    Depending on your workflow and how much time you invest optimizing your development setup, you may find the TUI programs, specially the file explorers like xplr, very handy.

  • Vim

    The official Vim repository

    I think, if you have this question, most probably you don't need to use one, as they all come with varying degrees of learning curve. However, if you are a system administrator or a developer who needs to use the terminal a lot, you will find that most GUI programs don't play nice with your terminal programs. For example, you cannot or will not use your GUI file manager with your terminal based code editor like Vim, Neovim or Emacs, as that would be very inefficient, if not impossible.

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    Truly a developer’s best friend. Scout APM is great for developers who want to find and fix performance issues in their applications. With Scout, we'll take care of the bugs so you can focus on building great things 🚀.

  • GNU Emacs

    Mirror of GNU Emacs

    I think, if you have this question, most probably you don't need to use one, as they all come with varying degrees of learning curve. However, if you are a system administrator or a developer who needs to use the terminal a lot, you will find that most GUI programs don't play nice with your terminal programs. For example, you cannot or will not use your GUI file manager with your terminal based code editor like Vim, Neovim or Emacs, as that would be very inefficient, if not impossible.

  • neovim

    Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability

    I think, if you have this question, most probably you don't need to use one, as they all come with varying degrees of learning curve. However, if you are a system administrator or a developer who needs to use the terminal a lot, you will find that most GUI programs don't play nice with your terminal programs. For example, you cannot or will not use your GUI file manager with your terminal based code editor like Vim, Neovim or Emacs, as that would be very inefficient, if not impossible.

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