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S2:E2 – My Coding Setup

As a Junior Developer it is important to have a completely awesome coding setup to help you program your way through your day. Lets start off with what platforms my setup had to support. Firstly, I needed a framework which supported coding in C# so clearly that would be Visual Studio as the .NET Framework and also SQL Studio. This is already pointing towards windows as this was in 2014. Only recently visual studio has become available on Mac’s. I could use Linux but I felt that is pretty much over kill for a junior developer programming desktop applications.

So that is decided that I will be using a windows based platform, now my personal preference is DELL for windows. What is your favourite preference? I still want a powerful machine, and before this coding setup I had a DELL XPS laptop which was powerful and did everything I could image. Okay, I feel like my mind was already set up, an XPS tower.

Now lets talk monitors, emphasis on “monitors” and to start off with, I always wanted a vertical mounted monitor for when you have those long methods where you just cant fit it all on one normal mounted monitor. Okay lets think now, One with the database open, One with my web services and one for the end user application. 3 monitors? Greedy? No way, 3 monitors it was one mounted vertically and the other two mounted normally running off of the XPS Tower, One through the HDMI port, another through the Display port and the last via the VGA port.

Mouse? Keyboard? Now that does not really bother me so the default Dell mouse and keyboard will do me. Its all about the performance and the screens for me. I could not write an article about my coding setup as a junior developer without attaching a picture right? So here it is:

Coding Setup

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My name is Andrew, passion for anything technical and fast. I am a software developer from London quick background check I started as an apprentice desktop developer and 5 years later and 2 jobs later i am now a desktop, web and mobile app developer working for a company just outside of London.

My passions is obvious and i love to share and talk about it which is why i am starting developer diaries, a spin off from my popular world of programmers page with over 100,000 fans world wide.

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