My setup (Version end 2023)

I list my own setup because sharing is caring and it gives you some perspective on what you use and how you work. I can only encourage others to do the same! And without any further ado, I present to you an overview of my setup, the tools I use and newsletters / podcasts I am subscribed to.
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💻 Operating system(s)

I am 100% a Mac user. Currently working on macOS Sonoma.

🛠 (Development)Tools

  • The tool I use most of the time is PhpStorm. It is one of the most complete PHP IDE's out there. I also use the Github Copilot plugin, it is a real time saver.
  • To work on MySQL databases I use Sequal Pro (nightly builds).
  • For the terminal I prefer to work on iTerm2. Boosted with Oh My Zsh.
  • Testing endpoints and API's I do with Postman.
  • I use Notion for documentation.
  • To manage my to-do lists, I use Trello Todoist.
  • All my accountancy tasks are done in Billit.
  • When I need some random noise to keep me focussed, I use Noisli.
  • I use a Sony WH-1000XM4 to cancel out any unwanted noise.
  • To keep me off my phone I have Forest installed (and to block site, there is a Chrome Extension).
  • Caffeine makes sure my Mac does not go into sleep mode.
  • I use many other tools but I keep track of them in a separate list.

📧 Newsletters

  • Cassidoo: A weekly tech newsletter by Cassidy Williams focussed on Javascript/frontend-development.
  • Computer Club: Newsletter about technology. Every week the newsletter contains news that did not made it into their podcast.
  • FREEK.DEV: Tips, links & tutorials about Laravel and PHP development (2 weekly).
  • Not really a newsletter but updates of his blog (about PHP and web development).
  • 5 Bullet Friday: Five tips by Tim Ferris every Friday.
  • Josh Comeau: Very inspirational newsletter about Frontend development.
  • Thomas Vanhuyse: Design related newsletter.
  • Nicolas Carlo: Practical tips to help people work with Legacy Code.
  • My own newsletter 😉: A weekly newsletter sharing tools I have found on the internet. Tools about backend, frontend, design, devops,...

🎙️ Podcasts