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Tuesday November 30, 2004
05:29 PM

New toy (and advice wanted)

[ #22079 ]

After many years of poorly-concealed lust and envy, I finally have a shiny new PowerBook. I've worked my way through the setup and registration, and I've tweaked a few preferences here and there, but it's still in a very vanilla state at the moment.

So hook me up -- what do you hardcore Mac OS X folks recommend to get this machine ready for serious work, Perl and otherwise?

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  • I keep a OmniOutliner file of software I want/need on various kinds of computers. For MacOS:

    * Desktop Manager wsmanager.sf.net
    * Keynote
    * LiteSwitchX
    * MacSword
    * MenuMeters
    * NetNewsWire
    * OmniGraffle
    * OmniOutliner
    * OmniWeb
    * PDF Viewer Plugin
    * Quicksilver
    * SideTrack
    * SSHKeychain
    * SubEthaEdit
    * uControl

    If I had to pick just one? Quicksilver.
    --
    rjbs
  • Since most of my work involves Mason (and mod_perl)... the first thing I do on an OSX box is compile my own apache/perl/mod_perl.

    You will especially want to do this [mail-archive.com] if you work with DBD and MySQL using the vendor Perl.
  • Install X11, available here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/x11/

    Install XCode 1.5 and the November 2004 gcc updater from developer.apple.com. Use "Download Software" then "Developer Tools". This will require signing up for an ADC membership. Do not be fooled by the $20 XCode offer on the front page. Install at the very least all the SDKs. If you can afford the space install everything including the documentation which contains some important POD files (perldiag.pod, without which diagnostics.pm
  • Schwern's list is pretty good. After you follow that, you may want to add:

    * Fugu link [umich.edu]
    * DbVisualizer for DB stuff if you need it link [www.minq.se]
    * BBEdit (not free) link [barebones.com]
    * FinkCommander for graphical fink link [sourceforge.net]

    And once you get X11 and fink, you can get xemacs or any other unix utilities you want.
  • These suggestions are excellent. They're exactly what I needed.

  • Fugu :: a free SSH/SFTP program
    Transmit :: a not-free FTP/SSH/SFTP program
    BBEdit :: It doesn't suck
    Textmate :: a cheaper editor that may have want you want

    Plus a lot of the other suggestions...