James Nock

Web Development & Management

My Setup

So I thought I’d kick-off my blog with info about my setup; hardware and software. I think it’s safe to say that every developer has their preferences in regards to just about everything when it comes to development; there is an infinite number of ways to get to an end product. My setup comes from my own preferences and is neither better or worse than the next developer’s; it really does come down to personal preference.

Hardware:

When I’m in the office my weapon of choice is an Apple Mac Mini specced up to just about as high as was possible when I bought it - that’s 2.6GHz of Intel i7 and 16GB RAM twinned with a 1TB Fusion drive. It’s worked for me flawlessly for a couple of years now and I’m confident that it’ll be good for another couple at least. To PC devotees the clock speed of the processor might seem a bit slow but it’s more than quick enough to power OSX Yosemite and everything else that I use on a daily-basis.

When I’m out and about then my MacBook Pro takes charge.

I use 2 screens at home (or 3 if I’m using the laptop), a trusty full-HD 22-incher and an almost 4K Samsung 27-incher. The 27 incher is great as it allows me to run websites at the maximum size that most normal viewers will and run diagnostics outside of that window.

Sofware:

Sublime Text 3 is my go-to text-editor. Everything I write is hand-coded; drag-and-drop editors are a black mark in the web development world in my opinion. I’ve used quite a few different editors over the years; Notepad++, Eclipse, Dreamweaver, JPad Pro and NetBeans to name a few but none have given me the satisfaction that Sublime Text 3 does day-in, day-out.

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