MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018)
I made the switch to use a 13″ MacBook last year. I have used a 15″ MacBook for most of my career but I made the switch for portability. It’s powerful enough (just) for what I use. I wish I could have gone for the 32GB of RAM but the 16GB just about gets me by.
Apple Magic Mouse & Apple Keyboard
Anything that means I don’t have to have cables anywhere keeps me happy. Having an external mouse and keyword just makes sense to me.
When I decided to go with the 13″ MacBook I also committed to getting a good sized monitor so that I could dock my MacBook. For the majority of my career, I have been a huge advocate of using two monitors. This was a big decision but having one screen seems to keep me more focused.
I got some little box’s from Muji which I use as a monitor stand. I prefer to keep my monitor high to try and help aid my sitting position so that I am looking up or directly ahead at my screen. One day when I am rich and famous I will invest in everything from grovemade.com
I like to be surrounded by plants. I am not sure why but I feel they help my mental health. I feel they bring an element of calm when working in an open office.
I have tried them all. I started my career using Dreamweaver, progresses to Sublime and then found PHPStorm. I absolutely love PHPSotm. I prefer to keep the minimalistic look and feel so I have a lot of things hidden.
I have been using Sequel Pro for a long time. Although I am getting very frustrated with the bug that exits the app when I close a tab, I am still to move over to Table Plus. I have it installed, I just always find myself reaching for Sequel Pro.
Quoting Jeffrey Way “If it can be installed through Homebrew, then I’m installing it through Homebrew. And that’s all I have to say about that.”. I agree.
I know it’s highly debated if you should use a GUI for Git or use the command-line. I should probably know more about Git’s command-line commands but, that’s life. I use GitTower and absolutely love it. We use GitFlow to ease our workflow and things work well.
We use Redis quite a lot and having a tool to be able to manage and view Redis comes in handy.
For API development and API testing Postman is something I use a lot.
One of the newest tools in my toolbox. I have tried a number of tools for project management including Trello and Codebase. Codebase was a huge part of the last four years as mentioned in my article about Clicksco PHP Flow in 2014 however it felt clunky. I stumbled across Clubhouse and after an initial trial, I switch my team over to it and haven’t looked back since. It has seamless integrations with a number of services.
This may sound like an odd one given there are a million other tools out there which probably do a better job. However, I have been using Evernote for years now and it has a huge history of notes, brain dumps and lists.
Everything goes into Evernote, everything! I have install guides, technical note and diagrams, brain dumps, to-do lists. Everything! It just works for me. Once it’s out of my brain I can concentration getting things done rather than going over and over in my head what I need to remember.
This one is relatively new to me. I found out about it from someone on Twitter. I tried it and in less than a day I had moved to use it permanently for Mobile and Desktop. I use Google Mail to power my mail (work and personally) and it’s almost enjoyable to work with email again.
I don’t use the browser password managers. I have used 1Password for a long time now. It helps me sleep at night. The browser plugins are amazing. If you don’t use a password manager then please start to use one today!
I have been using Laravel Forge for years. It’s an amazing tool to spin up new servers in seconds.
Simple zero-downtime deployments. This tool gives me the control I need when deploying a multitude of different projects f different sizes and complexities.
I use Laravel Shift on a number of projects. I use the Shift service and also the Fixer. I also use the automated dependency updater as part of our CI process.
I have been using Sentry for a long time now for exception tracking in my production apps. I love how it
I really wouldn’t be able to work without my paid Spotify account. I also listen to Soundcloud. I like a mix of music. I am usually listening to some Hip Hop or if I am focusing I tend to listen to 2F Friendly Sessions or Trademarks The Pregame Series
I remember the first day I invested in some Bose Nise Cancelling Headphones. My productivity and mental health shot through the roof! I cannot recommend a good set of headphones enough for anyone who spends part of their day in “focus time”. I currently have some Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.
I am not sure where the Awesome Uses started but Wes Bos has a list of loads of people who have added a /uses page to their website here https://github.com/wesbos/awesome-uses a few of my favourite are listed below.