This is my current development setup which includes all the hardware and software I need for my daily work as a web developer.
First time owning a MacBook Pro and can't say much about it. It's incredibly powerful which was my main concern. Having jumped from Windows and Linux-based systems as a developer, I can't say more about macOS as it combines both worlds into one beautiful-looking operating system.
SAMSUNG C34J791 Quad HD 34" Curved LED Monitor - White & Silver
This monitor gives power to MacBook Pro with one single type "C" cable and has changed the way I work. I don't regret buying it however It's missing the 4K display.
Logitech MX Keys, Wireless Keyboard for Mac
Well, I took the plunge and paid the hefty price for this keyboard and I have to say, from the moment I took it out of the box I knew that I was not going to be disappointed.
Logitech MX Master 3
This is one of the best wireless mouses and has increased my productivity by far. It is worth the extra money.
AWAVO Laptop Stand
Having a very expensive laptop has to be well maintained at least this gives it a better air circulation and I can make use of it as a second screen.
VS Code (Primary)
I use VS Code as my primary text editor as it gives me the ability to be productive and allows me to have some of the features of an IDE but without the overload of an IDE.
Sublime Text 4 (For easy fixes)
Sublime Text has been my favorite text editor I have stick with it since the day I first tried it. The simplicity of the sublime text and that speed can't be found in any other text editor however there are some missing features and a lack of configuration.
PHPStorm (For heavy refactoring)
PHPStorm, in my opinion, is the best IDE for PHP however even with such a powerful machine I often find it a bit slower and I have got used to the speed of Sublime Text so most of the time I avoid using PHPStorm if I don't need it but I use it for heavy refactoring.
Since I was working from a Windows/Linux environment I always loved the simplicity of SequelPro for macOS however couldn't be found anywhere in the other operating systems so since I switched to macOS I have stick to it.
Tinkerwell allows me to quickly test and tinker around with things that I am thinking of in a very nicely put-together environment, and besides that, I am trying to support as much as I can the PHP Community!
HELO is one of the best money spent on my entire list. I can't thank enough BeyondCode for making such a nice tool. Before using HELO I was with mailtrap but there were limitations and wasn't fast. With HELO I can say I am 101% satisfied and can't describe how much time has saved me while working with emails.
Expose is a ngrok alternative built with PHP however it doesn't have limitations like ngrok so I prefer using this. Also comes with a nice dashboard where you can inspect requests while testing webhooks.
Fig was added to my list of tools lately and I can't say enough about it why so far hasn't been something like this available for developers. This helps me with unknown commands as it autocompletes almost everything.
- I use Laravel Valet for local dev system
As mentioned earlier having been a Windows/Linux user I was lacking the simplicity of Spotlight (default macOS app) in those operating systems but then when I switched to macOS found about Alfred which has changed the way I search. Alfred has increased my productivity by far.
From brainstorming and writing articles in markdown Bear allows me to do this in a very clean and beautiful interface.
1Password is very nice password management which includes the 2fa option. Having been with BitWarden for a while using it on my mobile and Mac I switched recently and I don't regret it. Spent almost a day switching all my passwords from BitWarden but was worth it.
NordVPN provides a fast, reliable and secure VPN for when I'm travelling and using WiFi. I subscribed for 3 years when they had a very special offer.
Trello is being used for my personal project while lately, I have started managing some of them with GitHub I still prefer Trello.
Spark for Mac & Android
Spark has taken away the investigations I was doing every now and then for a perfect email client which can work on my Mac and on my phone. It is a beautiful email client and it just works.