How to think like a programmer

“I don’t get JavaScript. I can’t make components from scratch. My mind goes blank when I stare at a blank JavaScript file. I guess I can’t do it because I don’t know how to think like a programmer”.

Sounds familiar? You’re not alone, my friend. Many people faced the same problem when they try to write JavaScript.

No more.

Let today be the day where you learn to think like a programmer.

Customised (and effective) Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts for Mac and Windows

Since I code on both Windows and Mac, I want my Visual Studio Code shortcuts to be interchangeable on both systems.

So I dug deep into Visual Studio Code’s keyboard shortcuts for both systems and made my personal customisations.

I want to share these customisations with you so you can use them to rock at Visual Studio Code too 😃.

Syncing Visual Studio Code settings between Mac and Windows

When I got my Windows computer, the first thing I did was to set up Windows so it mirrors the writing system I had on Mac. I also mirrored Mac’s modifiers as much as possible.

Then, I set up my Windows development environment (with Windows Subsystem for Linux) on my new Windows computer.

Next, I had to do was to make Visual Studio Code on both Mac and Windows play nice.

By “play nice”, I meant:

  1. Syncing preferences across Mac and Windows
  2. Syncing extensions across Mac and Windows
  3. Syncing key bindings across Mac and Windows

Bash vs Zsh vs Fish

When I set up my Windows computer, I had the chance to take another look at the shell I’m using. The three main ones out there are Bash, Zsh, and Fish.

I knew of Bash. I used Zsh previously. But how would Fish fare? I’ve heard great things about it, so I tried it out.

I want to share which one I chose and how I went about setting it up.

Preventing a Windows PC from adjusting the screen’s brightness automatically

Mac changes the brightness of your screen automatically. It brightens up when you’re in a bright place. It dims when you’re in a dark place. They do it elegantly and slowly. Most of the time, their brightness adjustment is great.

The same cannot be said for Windows. I noticed huge changes in the screen’s brightness (which causes me to get distracted). I hated it, so I removed it.

Turns out, it’s not as easy as you think it should be.

Emulating Mac’s Dvorak-Qwerty-⌘ on Windows

I write A LOT. When I got my Windows PC, the first thing I did was to change the keyboard so it’s the same as my Mac’s keyboard.

I want to show you how to do this. It’ll help if you’re transitioning from Mac to Windows! (Or if you want to use both at the same time, like me).

Build Your Developer Brand post-mortem

I did a post-mortem for Build Your Developer Brand (which I gave last Friday). I wanted to share this review openly in case anyone is interested in my thoughts.

Setting up Windows for web development

After a horrible experience with my 2018 Macbook, I decided it was time to buy a Windows device as my backup machine. I chose to use Windows as a backup because:

  1. Mac is expensive!
  2. My old Mac is a goner
  3. I need a Windows computer for accessibility testing (NVDA + Firefox combination anyone?)

I ended up buying a Surface Laptop 3.

Setting up Windows was harder than I imagined. It was especially hard because I wanted this Windows machine to mirror everything I do on Mac.

In this series of articles, I’ll explain everything I did to configure my new Windows machine. This should help you out if you’re switching from Mac to Windows.

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