So, I've been working on a bunch of stuff lately. I had an HTPC go on the fritz so I was working with getting Ultimate Boot CD so I can troubleshoot the hardware. I've been reading "The Pragmatic Programmer" by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. I just purchased "Practical Vim" by Drew Neil as inspired by "The Pragmatic Programmer" In Pragmatic Programmer, the authors make the analogy of Woodworking compared to Programming. One of the points they make are the tools that woodworkers use and the tools that programmers use.
What really inspired me, (as I do have a mostly fully stocked woodworking shop with most all the basic tools and some advanced tools, hand and power wise) was this snippet, "Spend time learning to use these tools, and at some point you'll be surprised to discover your fingers moving over the keyboard, manipulating text without concious thought. The tools will have become extensions of your hands." So I am really looking forward to that day!
With that being said, let's look at my stack? IDE methods? Programming configurations? I am not sure what to call it. But I would like to describe how I am working on my developing.
As far as actual development tools, Vim is what I want to excel in. I am very comfortable working from the command line. I really enjoy the simplicity of it and the performance is awesome to boot! The company I work for gives us free server instances to play with, so when I started this journal I figured I would just use Vim to create my text files and such. I didn't realize it at the time but, I was setting up my development environment in the cloud!
Speaking of the cloud and server instances, for my development back-end, I have one instance I do the developing on. It has a local MongoDB server for the database and Vim for creation of stuff. For production, I have an NGINX server working as a reverse proxy. I'll be serving up other sites in the future. And I have a separate MongoDB instance. The node apps from the NGINX server connect securely to the MongoDB instance. That was a fun project, learning how to secure a MongoDB and also securely connect to it.
Well, that's it for now. In writing this post I realize I'll need a disclaimer. Something along the lines of "I know the writing is 'not the best'. This is really just a stream of conciousness I am doing as being a husband and father of two, I simply do not have the time to edit and make this look good, so please excuse the 'not the best' writing." Something like that.
Postscript: I will do spell checking and as I am inspired to use Vim for as much stuff as I can, I write these posts, in the cloud, using Vim. Spell checking is pretty cool as you get used to it. Vim has a ton of suggestions for you when you are looking up the spelling of a word. Anyways, here is my cheat sheet
|Vim Spell Check Cheat Sheet|
|:set spell||turn on spell check|
|:set nospell||turn off spell check|
|]s||go to next misspelled word|
|[s||go to previous misspelled word|
|zg||add word under cursor to spellfile|
|z=||suggest correct spelling|