Development Environment

  • Kay Van Valkenburgh


Pay special attention to this chapter. The topic may be as glamorous as visiting Home Depot on a first date, but this chapter will spare you reinventing the wheel. Whether you intend it or not, when you start a project of any sort, you set up a development environment: you choose tools and create spaces that define your processes and either limit or advance your efforts. So here’s your chance to capitalize on the mistakes of others. In this chapter, I’ll look at efficient, interrelated tools and appropriately defined spaces. I will focus on a handful of possible approaches, each of which takes minimal setup and maintenance. The result will be a development environment that positions your projects to run smoothly, that builds in flexibility for changes in size and complexity of projects and teams, and that lets you focus your energy on deliverables rather than on tinkering with an inadequate setup.


Virtual Machine Development Environment Text Editor Solid State Drive Command Line Interface 
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© Benjamin Melançon, Jacine Luisi, Károly Négyesi, Greg Anderson, Bojhan Somers, Stéphane Corlosquet, Stefan Freudenberg, Michelle Lauer, Ed Carlevale, Florian Lorétan, Dani Nordin, Ryan Szrama, Susan Stewart, Jake Strawn, Brian Travis, Dan Hakimzadeh, Amye Scavarda, Albert Albala, Allie Micka, Robert Douglass, Robin Monks, Roy Scholten, Peter Wolanin, Kay VanValkenburgh, Greg Stout, Kasey Qynn Dolin, Mike Gifford, Claudina Sarahe, Sam Boyer, and Forest Mars, with contributions from George Cassie, Mike Ryan, Nathaniel Catchpole, and Dmitri Gaskin 2011

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