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As a long time Mac user (sufferer?) one thing that continues to amaze me whenever I go to a tech conference is how many people are using Apple's PowerBook/MacBooks as their primary development machine. I love seeing all those shiny aluminum machines with their glowing upside-down Apple logos both out in the audience and up on stage (Here's a great shot from one recent conference I attended.) One of the fun things to do at these conferences is to see what tools and utilities people are using. Below is a list (in no particular order) of what I always install when first starting out:

  • iTerm - a replacement for Terminal.app that has a tabbed interface and bookmarks.
  • QuickSiliver - sort of like Spotlight on steroids.
  • Eclipse - my Java editor of choice.
  • TextMate - an excellent all around text editor and the dominant editor when doing Ruby development on the Mac.
  • Smart CVS and Smart SVN - two Java based version control clients.
  • Firefox - I typically use Safari but you can't go wrong with this browser on any platform.
  • Spark - for my XMPP/Jabber IMing needs.
  • Adium - for my AOL, MSN, Yahoo! IMing needs.
  • Xcode - a quick and easy way to get a bunch of development tools, such as GCC installed
  • Parallels Desktop - an invaluable application that allows you to run MS Windows (or any other x86 based OS) on an Intel based Mac without having to reboot.

    As I think of any other applications that I've managed to over look or discover any new ones I'll be sure to add them to this list.

    -Ryan

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    Ignite Realtime is Lit

    It's great to see that Ignite Realtime is officially up a running, and of course to see Version 2 listed on the Service Providers page. The big decision now is do I buy an Ignite t-shirt and mug or just the mug. :)

    -Ryan

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