Setup Workspace for development

The way I set up my workspace for development

Setup Workspace for development

Software

It’s important to have your software set up to quickly test/prototype and make solutions. Below are the things I think every developer needs and my personal applications I use.

Rest Client

A seperate Rest Client is really important because otherwise you may login as the test account you’re using.

Today I use insomnia.rest. It’s great. I have a workspaces in it for my personal API’s, Servicenow’s API’s and more.

Here’s what it looks like, you can see also it’s variable stuff where I have the twitch.key but it’s not visible.

Insomia Rest Client

Soap Client

Sometimes you are forced to use SOAP. There is a pretty good tool for testing those connections locally called SOAPUI. It does have REST and SOAP things but I just use it for SOAP. For servicenow projects, just goto the target table e.g. dev12345.service-now.com/ticket.do?WSDL, save the page as a file, and make a new Project using that file.

SOAPUI

Screen capture

I generally alternate between Windows Snipping Tool and Screencast-o-matic. If I need to do any kind of notation or video, I use Screencast-o-matic. I initially used this as it supported Linux, Windows, and Mac, but now they only support Windows, and Mac.

Screencast-o-matic

If you’re on windows this pairs well with KeyPos√© to show keypresses.

Password Manager

When I did consulting I had to remember hundreds of logins. That’s not an easy feat. It was then I decided I’m going to use a password manager. I’ve never looked back. Bitwarden has been great for me. You have to make a few setting modifications so it doesnt set fields automatically (because you don’t want it to update a password value accidentally). Outside of that it’s pretty great.

Android Studio

Android Studio is awesome for mobile testing, but it does take some time to stand up.

Git

Git is great.

Text Editor

I’m going to try to tread lightly here. Everyone has their favorites, I’m just going to say I use VS Code. There are a number of great, popular ones to try out, it’s nice to have one to work on files locally.

Virtual Box

Sometimes you have to ensure your sites work on certain versions of IE as the updating of IE historically has been awful at a lot of places. At least Virtual Box let’s you do it.

So when I found Microsoft officially makes virtual machines to test different versions of IE, I bookmarked that in a hurry. Here it is, Microsoft’s Official Virtual Machines.

Command Line

Unless you’re on a Windows 10 machine with it’s bash or using a Mac with it’s native bash, or on Linux, you need something better. It’s so slow. I’ve given up on WSL.

I’ve used ConEmu for quite a while and it’s pretty great.

Clipbaord Manager

I really like the cross-platform versions of these things and as such I use 1Clipbaord

Browsers

You gotta have at least the 3 major players;

Accounts

Github & Gitlab

If you have Git, you need a place you can use git. These are two of the free services folks use.

  • Github is the most known.
  • Gitlab has a ton of free features and allows free private repos.

Probot

This is a Github account bound thing that can do all sorts of stuff. It’s pretty useful, check it out here https://probot.github.io/ Currently I use;

Servicenow

You need one of these accounts for a Personal Developer Instance.

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Jace Benson
ServiceNow Developer

ServiceNow is my day job, JAMStack is my passion.