The Setup - Luke Whitehouse

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Luke, a Web Developer from Harrogate based agency Mixd.

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hey, I’m Luke, a Web Developer from Leeds currently working at an agency in Harrogate called Mixd as a Senior Developer, specialising in Responsive Web Design and PHP development (WordPress and Laravel), in addition to the occasional guest lecture for the Creative Media course at Leeds Beckett University and the New Media course at the University of Leeds. For the last 3 years Mixd have also hosted a free 3 day workshop for University students wanting to learn more about Front-end Development called Work in the Web.

More recently though, I’ve started a web development blog called Assortment, where I post regularly on tutorials and thoughts that I feel will help the ‘practical developer’ – people who want to cut out the fluff and get armed with the facts.

What hardware do you use?

Primarily a 13” Retina Macbook Pro and an external monitor at work, so that if ever needed, I can work remotely from when at a meeting, guest lecturing or just fancy a change of pace.

At home I also have an older (2012 model) iMac for development and a decently kitted out gaming PC.

And what software?

Sublime Text, iTerm and Sequel Pro are my go-to’s for a development environment as they give me enough power to conduct my tasks whilst still providing that flexibility and speed that I’ve not found with more robust solutions.

As for productivity, our team is fully integrated into a Slack-based workflow where all project and general communication goes through to ensure any member of staff, be that remote or otherwise, is kept up to date with the current state of affairs.

As honourable mentions, I’ve got to mention Divvy. This little macOS app is a life saver, allowing me to quickly move around any application with the click of a finger, not to mention its lightning fast to setup.

What would be your dream setup?

Mostly I'd say the location, it’d be nice to work next to a beach, but Leeds will do! 😉 Other than that, a better external monitor would compliment the Retina MacBook Pro just wonderfully.

One item you can't live without?

These days I think we can all agree your phone is an essential part of day-to-day activities and a fundamental part of even my work life as I rely on notifications to get by.

Thanks Luke!

Luke Whitehouse on 6th January 2017.


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