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 Andrew and I’m responsible for the development and day-to-day operation of our Custom Creative Networks. What is a Custom Creative Network (CCN)? I’m glad you asked! CCN’s are essentially streamlined, thinner versions of Behance but differ in that they have the ability to be customized; really cool stuff. On a normal day you can catch me working the full stack: anything from writing SQL, PHP, or JS, to making CSS changes and going to production (Wooo)!
2) What hardware do you use?
My setup consists of a 15” MacBook Pro running at 2.7 GHz with 16GB of DDR3. When I’m not working at one of the tabletops in the office I use 2 Thunderbolt displays, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad. At home I have two NAS devices, one that’s configured to be RAID 1 and the other to be RAID 5. I also just re-installed Arch Linux on my MacBook Air and have it running as a “headless” server I can SSH into and do stuff on.
3) What software do you use?
First and foremost I’m a big proponent of using the right tool for the right job so it depends on what I’m working on. However, for full on dev work it’s usually almost always Vim. The text editor itself has an endless number of plugins and I use Vundle to manage them. As far as browsers go I always have an instance of Chrome and Firefox running along with VMs at the ready for IE (ack) specific tasks. For in-browser debugging I always seem to come back to Chrome dev tools even though Firefox + Firebug + FirePHP is a killer combo, maybe I’m just weird. For version control I use Git with a set of aliases I’ve written that leverage Github’s Hub command line tool. Along with tmux and iTerm, I’m able to make ideas happen.
4) What do you listen to while working?
It depends on what I’m doing really. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music and can be caught listening to anything from old country, to acoustic, to the latest pop. If I’m writing code then it’s usually something along the lines of French house, but the music has to have minimal lyrics.
5) Out of all the equipment used, what piece of software/hardware do you feel is the most useful of all?
Interestingly enough of all the software/hardware I use, the thing I find the most useful isn’t directly related to computing. I consider my spiral bound notebook and post-it notes to be the most beneficial/useful to me. Every morning I spend no more than 20 minutes planning for the day and post-it’s keep my immediate todo’s in check. The notebook lets me keep track of progress and reminds me of things I need to follow up on. I’ve actually tried to move my planning and organization to the digital realm but found that I became less organized. Plus, for me, there’s something satisfying about physically writing.