The Setup - Steve Melrose

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Steve, a software engineer currently working with Crowdpac.

Steve Melrose

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hey there! My name is Steve Melrose, and I'm a software engineer. Primarily I build web apps in PHP focussing mainly on the backend, but I also do web infrastructure and "DevOps" style activities.

My main client is a company in the US called Crowdpac. Their aim is to bring mainstream crowdfunding into politics, giving control back to regular people instead of the "big donors". It's a very interesting challenge, both from a technical point of view and a regulatory one. I also work with some other clients part-time here in the UK, e.g. Leeds based company Pitchero, where I help out with their infrastructure. Basically helping take some load off their small dev teams.

What hardware do you use?

I use a mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro Retina with the upgraded 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 as my sole dev machine. I generally work just on the laptop as I'm either out and about, or unable to be in my home office. But when I am in my office I also have a Dell UltraSharp 27" Widescreen LED, an Apple Magic Keyboard, and an Apple Magic Mouse 2. Office furniture wise, I have an IKEA BEKANT desk with an IKEA MARKUS chair. I also have some Bose SoundLink II headphones which I can't recommend enough. Bluetooth audo is the way forward (apologies to audiophiles everywhere!).

And what software?

  • My editor is Sublime Text 3 using the default theme, Solarized (Dark) colour scheme, and these packages.
  • iTerm for terminal.
  • I occasionally use Sequel Pro, but mostly just hit databases via CLI.
  • Medis as a great Redis GUI. Well worth the £5 via the App Store, but it's also open source if you want to run it yourself.
  • TextMate as a quick text editor.
  • Postman is a great API testing too.
  • For email, GMail in Chrome.
  • For music, Google Music.
  • Slack, obviously.
  • 1Password for password management. If you don't use a password manager, get one today, and start using different passwords for each website.

What would be your dream setup?

I'm pretty happy with what I've got at the moment being honest. I definately miss the power you get from a desktop computer, but there are more pros than cons to being mobile IMO. Hopefully Apple will see sense and put some more RAM and the latest Intel processors in their MacBook Pros this year.

One item you can't live without?

Snacks. Lots of snacks.

Thanks Steve!

Steve Melrose on 16th March, 2017.

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