Set Up Your Mac
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Set Up Your Mac

For Software Development

About the Book

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I suppose I have always been an Apple fanboy of sorts. I grew up in an environment entirely devoid of their products, wishing for the day I would be able to afford my own Mac. From the moment I laid my hands on my first MacBook back in 2010, a beautiful friendship sprung and continues until today.

Macs are the closest to having a powerful UNIX machine with the macOS ecosystem's added media and productivity boost. Naturally, this makes the Mac a desired companion for many software developers and IT professionals.

While the default setup provides a good starting point, a few tweaks can turn any Mac into a robust development and productivity workstation.

This book collects more than a decade of my own experience setting up Macs for software development. It's a process that goes on all the time as the ecosystem evolves, so this book is not an end destination but a continuous journey.

About the Author

Preslav Rachev
Preslav Rachev

A seasoned software developer with about a decade of professional experience behind my back. My first real touch with programming dates about a decade further back. Throughout my career, I have had the chance to learn a lot, and I believe that the time has come for me to contribute my knowledge back to the developer community.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
    • To the reader
    • Foreword
    • About the author
    • What’s next
    • A note about M1
  • 2 Set Up Your Developer Environment
    • Set Up Your Terminal
      • iTerm 2
      • iTerm Tips
    • Oh My Zsh
      • Install Oh My Zsh
    • Fly through your command line history with fzf
      • Installing fzf
    • Install Xcode Command Line Tools (CLT)
    • Set Up Package Management
      • Install Homebrew
      • Install and manage multiple versions of SDKs without Homebrew
    • Manage Secrets Reliably
  • 3 Window Management
    • Align multiple app windows with Spectacle
    • Re-map keys for easier switching between app windows
  • 4 Get the most out of your developer tooling
    • Git
      • Be more productive with Git aliases
    • Source Code Editors and IDEs
      • Visual Studio Code
  • 5 App Index
    • A
      • asdf
    • C
      • coconutBattery
    • F
      • fzf (fuzzy-finder)
    • I
      • iTerm 2
    • K
      • KeePassXC

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