Right, I’ll be the first to admit I’m kind of a lazy software developer. Sure, if I really need to, I’ll build something myself, but I’ll take no pleasure in it. At all! I use Windows and am no longer ashamed to admit it. I’m always a happy camper when other people decide to make binaries available (thank you other people!). In this post I’ll summarize my current setup including the links to the binaries. This is mainly a reference for future me, in case I need to re-install somewhere, but hopefully other people will find it helpful as well. So here is a list of the things I can’t develop without:
- Python. I’ve tried many languages in my time as a Computer Science student (Java, C, C#, C++ and Haskell, to name a few), but none of them ever captured my heart like Python did. I currently use Python 2.7.
- PyQt/PySide. I really like PyQt for GUI design and event handling. I currently use PySide (almost the same, but has more permissive licensing) for all my GUI stuff. Contrary to what that page would have you believe, they do have 64-bit binaries. Here‘s the one I use.
- VTK. The Visualization Toolkit. Indispensable for the type of applications I create, this handles many basic visualization tasks, so I can focus on the cool stuff. I currently use VTK 5.8.
- MongoDB. Agile and scalable schemaless database technology: what’s not to like? The Python driver PyMongo is awesome and intuitive, you’ll have it running in no time. Get yours here.
- PyCharm. I used to be Eclipse+PyDev all the way, but there’s only so much time I can spend staring at that splash-screen in a lifetime. PyCharm is a snappy little Python IDE that works like a charm (see what I did there?).
- Console2. I love you Windows, but why does the cmd shell still have to suck so much after all these years? Console2 allows you to set hotkeys and tabs up the way you want to. What a lifesaver! This guy talks you through setting it up nicely.
- DeVIDE. Just received some new data and need to convert it to another format or just quickly try out some stuff on it? DeVIDE is the rapid prototyping tool you need! I might be slightly influenced by my PhD supervisor though, he’s the brains behind this dataflow application builder.
- Mercurial. SVN is so last season, people… Tired of all those random/hard to solve SVN conflicts and ready for a fresh version control system? Give Mercurial a try! Check out this cool tutorial and you’re good to go. Even as an ex-SVN-user.
I do hope this was helpful to someone other than me and I also hope you’ll set the flamewar phasers to kill for some good old-fashioned nerdrage in the comments section 😉