With blessed-contrib it is easy to create terminal dashboards using ascii-art:
blessed-contrib uses Braille fonts which are available by default on Linux and Mac distributions but not on Windows:
In order to run such dashboards on windows you need to perform the following steps:
1. Download, open and install the FreeMono font.
2. Follow these instructions in order to to configure FreeMono in the windows terminal.
3. In the command line type: "set TERM=windows-ansi".
4. Clone & Run the blessed-contrib project according the regular guidelines (or run any other dashboard that you need)
Developers are most productive when working at the command prompt. A lot of applications have command line utilities to facilitate that. However those cli's restrict themselves to textual based data. When it is time to show any kind of graphics, a browser or desktop applications are preferred. For me this is a huge miss of the terminal full potential. Having a native terminal way to create graphics would allow developers keeping the same aesthetics across the board, rather than switching back and forth to the browser experience. It would also open opportunities for better ssh experience and utilities. And as it is always available a command line away, it also provides a better experience for any quick visualization we require (think dashboards, monitoring etc.)