Tools I Use 'ery Day

My only computer is a Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013 MacBook Pro connected to an LG 34UM88-P 34 inch Ultrawide monitor, Logitech Z623 Speakers, an (ageing) WD My Book Studio 1.5TB over firewire, a LaCie 2TB SSD Rugged External HD with thunderbolt. When I need to block out the outside world (or get told to turn the volume down) I slip on a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones.

I use Visual Studio Code pretty much every day. In the past I've used Sublime Text and TextMate. I keep it clean with Wes Bos's Colbalt2 theme with Operator Mono. Unlike Wes, I've opted into ligatures for Operator Mono and love them.

VS Code has a bounty of plugins for cool stuff. The complete list is below:

  • πŸ“Material Icon Theme β€” to make the explorer prettierer.
  • πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈPath Intellisense β€” makes writing path locations easier.
  • πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈPrettier β€” Well, to make things look proper.
  • ➰Settings Sync β€” keep the settings safe, keep them secret. Very helpful when I wreck my MacBook Pro with coffee.
  • πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈTailwind CSS IntelliSense β€” Get some help with this utility CSS framework.
  • πŸ₯¬Twig Language 2 β€” When using Craft CMS from time to time.
  • πŸš€Vetur β€” for Vue.

A few others tools I use for web development include:

  • β˜„οΈ Hyper is my terminal of choice
  • πŸ›’οΈTablePlus is what I use for local and remote DB management. I've used Sequel in the past.

Choosing "the" right browser is never easy. Despite many of its frustrating idiosyncrasies, I mostly use Chrome for development and occasionally Firefox. My Chrome install has a few helpers for productivity and coding

I love the quality of Mac apps and keep a few around for company

  • 🦊Firefox, Firefox Nightly and Firefox Developer Edition β€” loving the layout tools for CSS Grid.
  • 🧭Safari β€” mostly checking it works. Not for daily use.
  • βœ‰οΈ Mail β€” it's an email app.
  • ⌨️ Alfred β€” lets my fingers do the work of 10 mouses.
  • πŸ—³οΈDivvy β€” multiple monitors with multiple screens? This helps.
  • πŸš€Rocket Emoki β€” to keep my 'moji life legit
  • πŸ” TextExpander β€” to save me from future carpel tunnel.
  • πŸ”₯BackBlaze β€” my whole computer backed-up and version-controlled in the cloud with no fuss.
  • 🧹CleanMyMac X β€” when I'm feeling dirty.
  • πŸ–ŒοΈAdobe Photoshop β€” love / hate relationship. It's complicated - don't ask!
  • 🎒Adobe Illustrator β€” love / hate relationship. It's complicated - don't ask!
  • 🚧Adobe XD β€” I actually do like this. I've used Sketch but prefer XD.
  • πŸ“°Adobe InDesign β€” love / hate relationship. It's complicated - don't ask!
  • πŸ—ƒοΈDropbox β€” used it for a long time but looking at alternatives.
  • πŸ€Sprout Social β€” it's costly but worth it. For managing lots social media accounts, posts. conversations and analytics.
  • 🀼Discord β€” better than Slack.

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