It has been over a year since I purchased my first Mac, an i5 Mac mini that I’ve just sold because of my new acquisition, a Macbook Pro Retina, my new fast as light computer.
Before buying the mac I used to use Ubuntu, I still have my old Ubuntu PC (an i7 with 6Gb of RAM) but I rarely turn it on.
In this post I’m going to show you the tools I use for my daily work (mostly coding WordPress & Prestashop Plugins/Themes).
- Synology DS211j ($200 DS212j)
The DS211j is a NAS, a small white box where you can put up to 2 hard disks and make it accessible from any computer/gadget in your local network. And the NAS can also download files from the internet by itself (torrents, eMule…).
I use it for many things, there is my Time Machine backup, films and tv series, pictures backups, screencasts… and I can see it on the TV through Apple TV, on the iPad, iPhone, Android… And of course I have tons of files from my daily work (you can have two hard disks in RAID-1)
- Two good external monitors ($530 2 x Dell IPS)
Buy two monitors of the same model, with IPS panel and capables of tilt, swivel and rotate. Dell monitors are always a good deal.
- Use a stand ($49.99 BookArc Pro)
A stand is a must, occupies the least possible space on your table when using your laptop in “desktop mode”.
- Wireless headphones ($69.99 Logitech H800)
Be free when speaking through Internet, walk and stretch your legs.
- Dropbox (Free)
The best for file share, mostly because of the third party tools that support its API.
- XCode (Free)
We must install XCode in order to install command line tools (needed to install “homebrew“). Once XCode is installed (through App Store), go to Preferences-Downloads and install “Command Line Tools”.
- homebrew (Free)
The apt-get of Mac.
- iTerm 2 + zsh (Free)
The best replacement for Mac’s terminal.
Related: OH MY ZSHELL!
- Spotify ($4.99/month)
If you like listening to music while programming, this is your app!
- Filezilla (Free)
I still haven’t find a better FTP client for Mac.
Alternatives: Forklift Transmit
- VMWare Fusion ($63.23)
Virtual machines on your Mac, run Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu… each in his own window into OS X!
- CodeKit ($25)
Compile your SASS/Less files, compile js, optimize images, reload pages as you write…
Alternative: Live Reload
- Sublime Text 2 ($59)
The best editor ever!
- Git + SourceTree (Free)
If you aren’t already using version control you are doing it bad, start today!
- Frank DeLoupe ($0.99)
A good color picker.
- Dash ($9.99)
Read the documentation of your language, APIs, snippets… even if you are offline!
- Selenium (Free)
Browser automated testing
Alternative: OwnCloud (Free)
Yeoman (just released, Yeoman is a robust and opinionated set of tools, libraries, and a workflow that can help developers quickly build beautiful, compelling web apps.)