This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1) Who are you and what do you do at Behance?

I’m Dave Stein, and I will never get “DaveStein” as a username anywhere, except my own website. I started working here December 26th, 2006, when Scott Belsky and Matias Corea were crazy enough to hire me as the first developer. Fast-forward a few years and I’m the Chief of Development. After Bryan puts in the foundation ( except The 99%, which somehow escaped me ) I code the first specific lines for each application and keep going until product launch. I also took his architecture to make our own framework on the JavaScript side of things. Aside from programming, I attend the meetings about our products to make sure they are always improving.

2) What hardware do you use?

My hardware isn’t too impressive since most of my day is spent in a text editor. I do have two 24″ Acers though. If you don’t have two monitors you really can’t get things done as fast. I keep one vertical to see more lines of code, and the other horizontal for my browsers. I’m slowly converting everyone here to use one vertical too – it takes some getting used to but then really helps out in the end. As for the operating system I use Windows 7, which I honestly believe is the first Windows OS to be more user friendly than a Mac. And even though it’s not a part of my computer, my Shure SE215 earbuds are one of my most valued pieces of electronics. Noise-canceling headphones can be really useful if an open-office gets too noisy.

3) What software do you use?

Sweeping through my toolbar, you’d see all the modern browsers ( even Opera! ), Notepad++, FileZilla, Putty, XChat, Digsby, and Photoshop. I love Notepad++ and pretty much preach it, but I’ll save you that boredom here. For any Mac users, I hate when I see you using Transmit – please use FileZilla! I got XChat to hop onto IRC when I needed some better JavaScript advice. I currently use it to get answers or give answers in #jquery as Dave_Stein from time to time. Firefox is my default browser since I do all my development in it ( along with Firebug, FirePHP, and FireQuery plugins ). My home PC, and any friends I can get a hold of, use Chrome as the default.

4) What do you listen to while working?

What I listen to really depends on the task at hand. For more complicated tasks ( like ProSite and the Project Editor ) you’d mainly find me listening to instrumental soundtracks / classical. The number one album I listen to during that time is The Fountain. I’m also a big fan of Philip Glass and anything of that nature. Yes, I do still buy music. When I’m not bending my brain I listen to a variety of rock and trip hop. Muse, The Strokes, Thievery Corporation, and Massive Attack are probably the most common there. When it comes to really tedious work, I blast harder rock and electro mixes so I can stay alert/awake.

5) Out of all the equipment used, what piece of software/hardware do you feel is the most useful of all?

Every year, I’ve done more JavaScript and less PHP so that defaults Firebug as my most useful tool. Some days I think of when all I had at my disposal was an alert box on IE6 and I shed a tear. Firebug helps me debug via the almighty console. The profile tab is great when I’m optimizing for speed ( although sometimes I’ll hop into Chrome’s profiler since it groups data differently ). If you’re using Firebug, for some reason the default doesn’t have “Show Stack Trace With Errors” on. If you haven’t turned it on, you are really missing out. The HTML tab of Firebug is the one that surpasses all the other debuggers ( on Chrome, Opera, etc ) by far. It has been especially helpful when making new jQuery UI widgets. If for some insane reason you haven’t – go get Firebug now.