Michael Bonner

Software and other things I recommend.

I get asked about the things I use to build software and stay productive. Here’s a list of some of my favorite stuff.

Workstation
MacBook Pro 14" M1 Pro - 32GB RAM

This computer is a beast. I've been using it since January 2022 and love it.

Samsung 32" 4k

I prefer to have one high resolution monitor instead of two different monitors. Check out BetterTouchTool below for some helpful window snapping stuff.

Logitech Streamcam

I'm in Zoom calls all day, so it made sense to spend a little money for a good webcam.

Blue Yeti x

Zoom is hard enough already, I don't want to make it harder by being hard to understand on calls. This mic was relatively cheap and does a good job.

AirPods Max

Can't say enough good things about these. If you have Apple stuff they are definitely worth the price.

Development Tools
VS Code

I use VS Code for all my development needs. I've tried a few different editors, but I always come back to VS Code.

TablePlus

Great software for working with databases.

iTerm2

Like the regular terminal, but looks better and has more features

oh my zsh

Big fan of the zsh shell. Check out zsh-autosuggestions as well.

Fira Code

Nice looking font face with ligatures

Docker Desktop

Docker Desktop is invaluable for local development

Productivity Tools
1Password

The best password manager I have used

Espanso

Awesome little text expander

Paste

Clipboard manager for Mac

BetterTouchTool

A producttivity powerhouse for me. I use it for window snapping, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Webcatalog

Turns websites into apps, which is super handy if you have clients. I like being able to open one app when I'm working on a client project which contains the project management tool, error tracking, etc.

SavvyCal

Makes it super easy to just send a URL to a client and let them pick a meeting time that works for them

Notion

Great for keeping things organized; super powerful and configurable