Why I like fzf
FZF is my new go-to tool. I've known for a long time that it exists, it just didn't occur to me to go and study it in more detail.
Here's what it can do apart from the obvious filtering:
- Run a script that receives text you enter and provides a list of results to choose from
- Show a sidebar with detailed preview that you can also generate with a script
This makes it possible to build all sorts of things, including for example something like Alfred. Alfred works by having a few "prefix" commands that branch out to different behaviors. The "define" command will look up a dictionary definition of the word. If you type "define auspicious", you'll get a preview with the definition of "auspicious".
You can build the same with fzf with a dozen lines of shell! You just need to parse the input and extract the prefix command from it and output a list of options to stdout.
I have a prototype of this is fzf and it works really well! I'll be sharing it in the coming weeks.