As I said yesterday, I am getting back into some development. And this means that before I can actually get anything done I need to get the pre-requisites sorted.
My two main editors that I have worked in with HTML and CSS have been Notepad++ (which I love using to share with people because of its incredibly low barrier to entry and being free) and Sublime (which has very cool code completion and pretty themes). However, my Sublime license is more than 3 years old. So before laying out any money for an upgrade I had a quick chat with Riaan and he recommended that I check out JetBrains WebStorm.
Finding the tools
So to get started I am installing:
- JetBrains WebStorm – Not free, but Riaan probably has a license available in his purchases. Downloading a trial version for now.
(Interruption to parent) ( And back online.)
All of the packages are downloaded. Let’s unpack and install
Okay, lots of things that I don’t fully understand here. I am going with if there is a check in a checkbox use that one, and leave everything else blank. Setup completed without any error messages so far, so good.
Second run (it was in the process of installing Virtual Box that I checked my 2017 assumptions) of installing VirtualBox went smoothly. I do find it interesting that the “Always Trust Software from…” is checked by default. It annoys me in terms of my views relating to consent being ongoing rather than a check-box once off event. But that’s an entirely separate blog series (that may or may not happen).
Remember that things you needed to do in 2017 might not be necessary at the end of 2021
One of the trouble-shooting things that I needed to do nearly five years ago was check whether programs were installing to Program Files(x86) instead of Program Files. And it sort of became an ingrained habit to install to (x86), and I found it interesting that the default path for both Git and VirtualBox didn’t go to (x86). So I did a quick check about the reason that it was necessary to use (x86) and it comes down to needing a work-around for the 32 bit Windows installs. This means that the old habit can be tossed away. And this is a reminder to check my assumptions.
So I had a quick diversion to uninstall Git and VirtualBox, before re-installing them.
Ooh, an MIT license. That’s cool. (Yes, I am a weirdo who will look at which licensing terms are used. Acknowledging that there is a minimal choice in terms of actually accepting the licenses and participating in society…another separate blog post about why organisations like the EFF matter. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation). This is quite a time consuming install.
And now, ready to restart and get things ready to go. It’s taken about 45 minutes to get things installed. Time for a system restart and then fingers crossed, everything will work.