Software I use, hardware I love, and other tools I recommend.
I keep this list up to date as I invest and build out my workstation, development environment, and productivity. Here's a long list of my favorites.
16” MacBook Pro, M2 Max, 96GB RAM (2023)
An incredible machine that can quite literally do anything I ask it to, without breaking a sweat. I am extremely happy with it, coming from my previous Intel MacBook Pro!
2x Dell 27 4K UHD Monitor
One display vertical, one in horizontal. It helps organize and keep my productivity high having more screen real estate and places to put windows across my code editor, docs sites, and terminal.
Uplift 70" V2 Standing Desk, Commercial
Investing in your health is a must: I sit down and code lots of hours during the day. Standing for a bit helps relieve back pain and posture issues from being dialed in. An investment, but worth it!
My go to PHP editor. VSCode is excellent but the refactoring abilities from PHPStorm are unmatched.
Modern and robust tool to manage all of your databases. Native MacOS app that feels like quality and is quite transparent in terms of showing you the queries it performs as you use the tool.
I replaced iTerm2 with Warp recently to try out the hype. It's definitely an improvement where it feels more like an application rather than a terminal, but I still need to understand how to wield it better.
Fantastic free git UI tool that helps me track my changes before commit. I try to be well versed in CLIs but this tool just makes my life so much easier I can't go back.
Using Slack for all critical notifications: deployments, alerts, monitoring, etc. It is a one stop shop for useful information that needs to be timely.
I also picked this up recently, haven't given it a run for it's money just yet, but slowly integrating this more into my workflow and planning.