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How I work (2020 edition)

Published on May 13, 2020

As a developer, few things are as important as your setup to help you have productive days. After years of trials and errors, I’m currently in a state where I love every single tool that I use every day.

Text editor

After years of working with Sublime Text and Vim, I've been using VS Code as my primary editor for a couple of years now. Even though it’s built on top of Electron, it’s just great. I agree it’s not as fast as Sublime Text for opening and manipulating files, but the amount of usefulness it brings, whereas as core features or through extensions, is unmatched. I've also tried PHPStorm multiple times, but this IDE tries to do too much and I miss some keyboard shortcuts. I probably could fine tune it to my taste, as I know everything is customizable inside PHPStorm, but I’m a developer, so I’m lazy.

Therefore, VS Code. In the editor, I try to reduce the noise as much as possible. I would never understand why you would need the minimap, for instance. Yes, it’s pretty, but do you need to browse your files that way? Anyway...

Here is a screenshot of my editor.




Development environment


I use iTerm2 as my terminal of choice. It still uses Bash, unfortunately, but I know I’ll have to migrate to ZSH when I’ll migrate to a new computer.



MacOS is my OS of choice. My friends think I’m an Apple fan boy, but it’s not true. I just adore this OS, even though they keep adding stuff that I don't value at all (Twitter and Facebook integration right in the OS – wtf), and removing features that I valued a lot (the ability to switch desktops without animation). But despite those changes, macOS is extremely elegant. No other OSes come close to this level of polish.



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