Install Fest!!!13 Apr 2015
I'm in the middle of a super long post about Rails models. It is quite involved and is taking a long time to write. So in the meantime, I present you with this relatively shorter blog post composed of mostly links.
I recently got a new MacBook Pro! So I spent a day installing and setting up my system for the perfect workflow. I experimented with different set ups, and ended up installing and un-installing several things. Also sometimes I'd install something, and realize I had to install something else first, etc. So here I will try to just show you how I would do it if I had to do it again, without all the mistakes.
The Terminal and the Shell
- install iTerm
- install Oh My ZSH because it's really cool looking!
- move existing .bashrc content to .zshrc
- move existing .bash_profile content to .zprofile
- selectively add some of these shell aliases
Get ALL OF THE PACKAGE MANAGERZZZ!
- haha j/k, there are so many that it's confusing. I'll try to explain...
- apt-get is a package manager for linux (don't need for my Mac--use homebrew instead)
- homebrew is a package manager for osx (the command is just
- rubygems is a package manager for ruby (the command is
- bower is a package manager for web packages (bootstrap, jquery, etc.)
- decidedly NOT package managers, but useful in some of the same ways:
tmux it up!
- install tmux: simple instructions
- optionally configure tmux based on this gist
- set up shell so that it starts tmux by default
- learn more about tmux
Git, GitHub, etc.
- set up XCode and git (I just typed
gitand it asked me if I wanted to install XCode etc., so easy)
- generate ssh key for github
- added alias for git hist
- optionally install GitX or Source Tree for GUI visualization
Set up localhost
- set up localhost with userdir
- user pages at ~/Sites (accessible at localhost/~jimmy/...)
- localhost at /Library/WebServer/Documents (or ~www/Documents) and accessible at localhost
- had to do "chmod -R o+w ~www/Documents" in order to get write access to this folder
- linked /wwwd to ~www/Documents so I can just do 'cd /wwwd' or '/wwwd' in zsh
Edit Them Texts!
- no need to install vim (comes with Mac), but it's nice to configure vim:
- install pathogen which allows us to...
- install Vim Sensible (universal set of defaults)
- and Solarized (pretty colors!)
- note: if your colors don't look right, add
let g:solarized_termcolors = 256to your ~/.vimrc file as detailed here (scroll down to "Add Solarized")
- added some tab settings into .vimrc
- install Sublime Text and linked subl so it can be used on the command line
Set up Rails
PHP, if you absolutely must
- PHP came with my Mac! (type
php -vto see if you have it first) but I still had to configure it (scroll down to PHP).
- if you already installed Rails via instructions above, then you'll have MySQL... now all you'll need is phpmyadmin. Use these instructions (search for phpmyadmin)
- install PHPUnit (testing framework) with these instructions
Jekyll or this blog didn't happen!
- instructions here Jekyll
Other Super Useful Tools!
- install Pixel Winch SUPER easily measure anything in pixels
- install Divvy manage your windows
- install colordiff
brew install colordiffand alias diff="colordiff" in ~./zshrc
- install 1Password for password management
- install todo.txt command line todo list tool!
Phew! Did I miss anything? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know!