Glow Effect

My Uses

Listed below is the current software that I use on a regular basis, in addition to the hardware that helps me to do my job.

A few are affiliate links meaning I get paid or rewarded if you purchase them, however these are all only services I'm actively using.

Development

Analytics

Fathom Analytics - I like their privacy-first approach and easy-to-use dashboard.

Components

Flowbite - They've got tons of great components, and I love their customised graphs, makes my website stand out.

Dev Browser

Polypane - My go-to browser when building websites, I love their accessibility tools, social previews and the ability to test my responsiveness.

IDE

PHPStorm - My IDE of choice, it is extremely fast, easy-to-use and the suggested completions are much better than I ever got with VS Code (even with extensions).

Database GUI

TablePlus - I love the ease of simplicity and the functionality that this app provides. I often launch it from the command line using environment variables, which is extremely useful to me.

API Testing

Paw - For debugging and playing around with APIs, it has been phenomenal for my use, this has blown Postman or even Insomnia out of the water in my own use. The UI has been amazing to use, very easy and a great overall experience.

Debugging

Ray - When debugging my websites having a separate application to view these has been very useful. It is a great tool for monitoring queries to make sure I'm not slowing them down with unneeded data.

Email Testing

HELO - When testing and building email templates within my apps, I use it for ensuring they appear correctly and validating links that I provide on them.

Workstation

Laptop

16" MacBook Pro, M1 Max (10-core CPU, 32-core GPU), 32GB Unified RAM, 1TB SSD (2021) - I came from the 16" Intel i9 version, this one handles multiple IDEs and development tools without an issue.

Chair

SecretLab TITAN Evo (2022) - This is very comfortable, and has a backrest support with a pillow for your neck / head.

Misc

Branding

IndieBrands - I love using this platform for purchasing pre-branded and ready-to-go domains.

Editor Font

Mono Lisa - This is my personal font of choice as it is easy to read, and overall looks pleasant when writing code.

CSS Framework

Tailwind CSS - It has been extremely useful for building rapid websites, without the fear of not being able to maintain them.

Security

YubiKey - I use hardware keys for my 2-factor security. These have been much easier to login with, without fearing security, and just require a physical key.

Screenshots

CleanShotX - I often take screenshots, whether it be new additions to my websites, or showing other forms of work. This has been super light, and has been fantastic for video or even GIF recordings.

Password Manager

Bitwarden - After being a heavy Dashlane fan for many years, I recently switched to this and its features are just as good, and much cheaper in turn too. A big bonus for me has been that they support hardware keys.

Web Designing

Figma - This app has been extremely useful for quickly playing around with designs, and has many community-built plugins that have been great.