Every craftsperson has a finely-honed set of tools that they use to ply their craft. People who architect, develop, and deploy software are no different. Tools are important.
The technology that enables me to do my job has changed in ways I could have never imagined when I first got started in the 8-bit days. The tools that use that technology have changed right along with it. The number of options is staggering.
I have a constantly-changing set of tools that I use, which are a mix of all the various things that a developer needs to know. This page links to posts about each of the tools I use and a little bit about why I have chosen it. It's meant to be a dynamic listing, and will be updated as my toolbox is.
I invite your comments here or on the individual pages.
With more flavors of Linux to choose from than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream, it’s hard to narrow it down. But Mint is my flavor of choice since 2013. The latest release, 19, has compelling new features and improvements.Read More
Free and open source … from Microsoft? Yep. That’s Visual Studio Code, and I switched to it as my primary coding editor from Sublime Text 3. Why? It’s got killer features that Sublime doesn’t offer, and it’s a great editor.Read More
PHP: It started as some C programs for a personal home page more than 20 years ago, and the Internet wouldn’t be the same without it.
Over the years, PHP’s demise has been predicted, but it’s really stronger than ever.Read More
A text editor is at the heart of a developer’s workflow.
Sublime Text 3 was my primary editor until recently and continues to be an important part of my toolbox.Read More
PHP frameworks have been around for a long time. Laravel is a game changer and not only provides a great framework, but so many other tools that make development much easier.Read More
If you deal with files, especially code, you need a way to track those files when they’re created, changed, and even removed. Git does it better than any VCS out there.Read More
More than 25% of all web sites are powered through WordPress, which is written in PHP. That includes this site.Read More
WordPress needs some help here and there. Caching is certainly one of those areas. WP Super Cache is a quick and easy way to speed up your site.Read More
Microsoft Office might be ubiquitous, but there are excellent alternatives. And when Linux is your primary OS, Office is not the best choice.Read More
Markdown isn’t a program, but a way of formatting text that makes writing a breeze. I’ve been writing pretty much everything in Markdown for years, and I’m not gonna stop any time soon.Read More
WordPress has reasonable security out of the box, but it’s frankly not enough. Having iThemes Security Pro ensures that my site is as secure as it can be.Read More
If WordPress makes it a breeze to create the web site you want, Beaver Builder turns it into a Hurricane: more powerful and much faster.Read More
Slack goes way beyond being a “chat” client. It’s a full-on communications platform that is infinitely extendable. Paying for Slack is possible, but the free version is quite useful as well.Read More
MySQL is the database that makes so many web sites possible. PHP might power the web, but MySQL is usually right behind there providing the data necessary for today’s web sites.Read More
Firefox is back with its “Quantum” release … and it’s a real leap above the older versions.Read More
Google Chrome has been around since 2008, and it was a compelling alternative to other browsers. It quickly gained huge market share. Lately, however, the other browsers are starting to catch up.Read More
Need a quick and easy WordPress development environment? VVV’s got you covered. You can be developin’ in minutes.Read More
“The Cloud” is a big deal right now, but it’s really just your files on someone else’s computer. Cloud Station is a part of Synology’s NASes, and puts your files on your computer … but in also “the cloud”, a cloud that you own and control.Read More
Sometimes you need another computer (or six) within your computer. VirtualBox is my go-to virtual machine manager. It’s free and easy to set up, with support for pretty much any operating system as a guest.Read More
Having a basic NAS (Network Attached Storage) at home is great. Having one that adds some other neat features like your own personal cloud, a git server, and more … well that’s convenience on a new level.Read More
Virtual machines can be a lot of work and tricky to set up. Vagrant takes out the guess work and gives you a consistent VM any time, anywhere.Read More
Programmers frequently need an easy way to do various screen shots. Shutter is an easy way to do various screen shots on Linux.Read More
Most systems, Linux included, have monitoring tools built in. Glances takes it to the next level.Read More
Android and Apple’s iOS are both good mobile operating systems. I’ve always used Android since it just always seemed to agree with me better and Android phones have better features and technology.Read More