Wow – well, it’s been a while since my last post! Sheesh.
I wanted to let you know about some things on the horizon before getting to the links:
- I am in the process of creating some instructional videos about PhoneGap! Much learning is going on when it comes to screen and audio recording, that’s for sure. More news coming soon.
I’ve created a Patreon account should you ever feel the urge to support my work.
So I blew away my development environment a few weeks ago, since the environment was acting a bit funky. In the process of restoring a working development environment, here are some apps I’ve discovered I simply must have installed:
- Homebrew — package manager for macOS. Oh, and it just hit 1.0.0!
- Redshift — an open-source app akin to F.lux. I love F.lux, but I have never liked the opaque BLOB that one ends up installing. This can be installed via
brew install redshiftand supplying an appropriate configuration file. Discovered via https://www.reddit.com/r/osx/comments/3u0pd1/flux_alternative/
- Neovim — Best VIM ever.
- Visual Studio Code — I’m in love with this editor. Who knew a web-based editor could be this good?
- nvm — Perhaps not only the way to manage Node.js installations, but my fav.
- Node.js — Critical for my work building mobile hybrid apps.
- Cordova — Tool of choice when building mobile hybrid apps.
- Java — I don’t like Java that much, but it’s a requirement for two things: compiling apps against Android, and Minecraft. I think I’ll survive.
- OmniGraffle — I absolutely adore this diagramming tool. Similar to Microsoft Visio, but on macOS. Version 7 is in public testing.
- PeakHour 3 — My bandwidth is far from the greatest, and this lets me keep a close eye on the amounts of traffic crossing over my routers.
- RadarScope — Best. Radar. App. Ever. I use this to track bad weather in my vicinity all the time.
- TextWrangler — When I need a text editor that’s more than TextEdit and less than VSC, this gets my vote.
- Camtasia 2 — Indispensable for engaging screen recordings.
- Microsoft Office — Necessary when you’ve got clients that use Office as well. But you know what? It’s pretty good on macOS.
- 1Password — Certainly not the cheapest password manager out there, but my personal favorite.
- iTerm — Best terminal on macOS.
- FruitJuice — Painless battery life management.
- DaisyDisk — Absolutely gorgeous disk space manager.
- Slack — A must for remote team communication.
- Karabiner and Seil — If you ever need to remap your keyboard or change what CAPS LOCK does, you must have these two utilities. I don’t change a lot on my keyboard, but the features I do use make typing so much nicer. Just don’t update to macOS Sierra yet, or these break. Work is progressing on https://github.com/tekezo/Karabiner-Elements/, which will support macOS Sierra.
- The MIT License, line by line by Kyle E. Mitchell, who isn’t your lawyer. Great stuff, and shows just how much is packed into a short license!
Stuff from the latest issue of HTML5 Weekly:
- TypeScript just released 2.0. If you haven’t checked it out, you should!
- Encoding Software in Barcodes, the Eight-Bit Magazine Way — I remember these! Of course, that gives you an idea of my age now… whoops!