About Me and My Work
My favourite editors are simple text editors with file managers, rather than complex IDEs, as I usually prefer knowing and managing the files directly. The simplicity of Visual Studio Code has stolen my affections and I spend most of my time there, as you can see from my config. When I was a Mac user, Coda 2 was my favourite as it covered everything I needed without needing plugins. I still install Sublime Text on Windows but mostly because Notepad doesn't cut it. EditPad Pro (with FileZilla) will always have a place in my heart.
For MySQL, nothing is quite as easy as Sequel Pro for playing with databases. I have no idea how anyone survives on MySQL Workbench. Unfortunately I don't work on Mac any more so I use HeidiSQL.
Git powers almost all of my work but I need a visual reference to explore, study, and understand where I am in a project. GitKraken was revolutionary and can now be integrated with VSC.
I develop almost exclusively on Linux, Zorin OS is my current choice as it has long release cycles (thanks to Ubuntu LTS) and minimal yet powerful customisation options. I also use Debian on servers and some minimal desktops where I don't run lots of applications.
Despite starting out with Lighttpd, I have ended up learning nginx and Apache to stay up with much of the rest of the world. I am keeping an eye on Caddy however as it has a radically simpler setup but I am still a fan of doing things manually.
Docker has made developing and running software much easier so I only use VirtualBox for running Linux on Windows computers. I have used Vagrant in the past but I can do other things with Docker so I focus on that now.
I was introduced to Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo at a young age and it remains my favourite although not necessarily available on Linux so I end up in the GNU Image Manipulation Program crowd.
Statuscake offers excellent monitoring to ensure I am alerted to any downtime and Backblaze is one of the best ways of backing up files to cloud storage and even a whole computer.
I initially started out with Classic ASP a long time ago before being introduced to PHP and never looking back. VBScript remains a reliable favourite for some more advanced Windows tasks so is never too far away.
I have done some worth with Node.js but it does not suit many of my use cases. I am also toying with Go which definitely seems promising for what I need.
Being a regular Linux user, I am no stranger to Bash scripting to run backups and keep combinations of configurations in check, particularly useful when combined with Git and Ansible.
Hosting and Email
I typically go with Namecheap for domains for their excellent services and pricing.
Other Favourite Programs
Typically I prefer to use Firefox as my browser most of the time as it clears its cache very effectively. Its built in developer tools have replaced most extensions I used. Other extensions I use are:
- stars in bold colours
- Multi-Account Containers
- Notifier for GitHub
- DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
- Xdebug Helper for Firefox
- Emoji Keyboard
Also in about:config, setting browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab to false and dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled to false is a lifesaver. I have also set browser.compactmode.show to true to scrape back some vertical space by setting density to "Compact (not supported)".
When I'm using Firefox on Linux, I sometimes have to remember to change doubleClickSelectsAll in about:config too.