As with any craft, the tool arsenal is one of the most important things. Today I am going to share some of the tools that I have been using during my stay at the Coding Dojo bootcamp in Burbank, CA.
Recently I had picked up some new hardware to complement my new found skills.
Below is a summary of the tools I would like to share today. I will try to keep my thoughts brief and will provide a link for anyone that wants to further investigate any of the tools I have been using.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard
I found out about this keyboard from an instructor at the bootcamp. This keyboard is fantastic! It is wider than my laptop keyboard making typing on it a lot more pleasurable.
Apple Magic Trackpad
Had to pick up one of these to go with my keyboard. I only use a mouse while gaming. I love using the trackpad. There are so many awesome default gestures provided by apple. If you want to see what gestures they have available go to System Preferences->Trackpad.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Prior to entering the bootcamp I knew I was going to need a good pair of headphones. After a full day of research I came across an article that extensively compared multiple products with the conclusion that these bad boys were the one. Summary: excellent headphones!
Mack’s Ear Care Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair
I find myself getting distracted often even by the slightest noises around me. These solved that issue for me in combination with my headphones.
Safety Eyewear, Orange Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens
Also found these through the same instructor. Staring at the computer all day can be tiring and bad for your eyes. If you read about the purpose of these types of lenses you will find that they block certain types of lighting that can help reduces eyestrain.
I have been using this app for well over a year now and found it extremely helpful in organizing many aspects of my life. I highly recommend it. There are definitely free alternatives available as this is a paid app.
Mind mapping tool! Definitely one of my favorite tools. If your unfamiliar with mind mapping check it out. There are many different apps that can help create maps and this is one that I have been using for a long time.
My goto and only music app I use now. I like finding music here and downloading them for offline use. Usually while I am programming I am listening to white noise to help me stay focused.
Pocket helps me keep track of different links that I might not have time to read immediately or want to reference at a future time. This is an awesome tool to save pages and organize them to read later. I highly recommend it!
The first text editor I have used. My experience with it has been so positive I haven’t tried out another!
Alternative terminal app that comes with OS X. It has awesome customization and allows me to have a more visually appealing shell experience.
Because I don’t want to remember all my passwords 🙂 It also can generate passwords for you so they are can be fairly complex without the worry of forgetting them.
Everyone should have someway of keeping track of the cash. I have been using this one for a long time. It is also a good way to set budgets for yourself and generate reports on your spending so you can adjust accordingly for the future.
These 3 are built in to OS X and iOS. They are usually my goto for quick notes since they are extremely stable compared to using a 3rd party application.
That concludes this edition of My Tool Belt.
If you have any tools you would like to share please do!