The Best DevOps Tools on OSX
The Best DevOps Tools on OSX
A list of tools you can use with you OSX devices for DevOps and agile processes.
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If you work at a DevOps organization, you use a lot of tools. Communication, architecture, planning, programming, testing. I always like reading what tools other people use to do their job. It helps me stay current. My development machine at Conjur is a Macbook Pro. This post is a list of the tools I use day-to-day, and how I use them.
- Slack - Internal chat; external chat; Github, Jenkins and Pingdom notifications.
- Google Drive - Sharing design docs/spreadsheets/presentations (inline commenting is great).
- Google Hangouts - Video chat for standups and other meetings.
- Screenhero - Pair programming tool. Both people can control mouse/keyboard and it’s the most reliable experience I’ve found with spotty connections.
- asciinema - Record and share terminal screencasts. Especially useful for sharing CLI workflows and creating tutorials. Check out the
-wflag on the
reccommand, very nice for long-running commands.
- ngrok - Secure tunnels to localhost. I use this when I have local API or site changes that I want to share for feedback before pushing live. This can really help shorten feedback cycles for design work.
- mac2imgur - Uploads screenshots to imgur.com. Much better than sending around files saved to your Desktop. It copies the imgur URL to your clipboard once it’s uploaded.
- keen.io - I use this to track events over time, for example Github downloads of open-source projects. Keen makes it easy to instrument your code and stop guessing.
- Mou - Writing Markdown docs with live preview. I write READMEs in Mou before pushing them to GitHub.
- iTerm2 - Much better than the default
Terminalapp. Split panes, search, instant replay, etc. I’m using the Pastel (Dark Background) color scheme.
- zsh - A better shell than the old
bashOSX ships with. Tab completion, autocompletion plugins, easily customizable.
brew install zshviahomebrew. Add oh-my-zsh on top and you’re set.
- mackup - I back up my config files to Dropbox. When I got a new machine it took an hour, not days, to set it back up for development.
- CakeBrew - A GUI for homebrew. I have a lot of homebrew packages installed, it’s easier for me to make sense of them with a GUI.
- docker-machine - I use this to set up a VirtualBox VM running the Docker service. It also installs the Docker client in OSX. I used to use
boot2docker, but the future is
- Vagrant - If a project is not run in Docker, it’s run in a Vagrant VM. “It works on my machine” is so 2010.
- ChefDK - We use
chef-soloa lot at Conjur, so having all the tools bundled together is nice. My favorite tool in the bundle: test-kitchen. It’s not Chef-specific. For example, you can provision a Docker container with a shell script and run tests against it. test-kitchen helps you manage the lifecycle of the test machine.
- packer - My go-to tool for building AMIs. It’s more lightweight than using thevagrant-aws plugin.
- RubyMine -
emacs? I abstain. The debugger is really nice and I can attach to remote Ruby interpreters (Vagrant or Docker instances). The Chef plugin is pretty good too.
- PyCharm - Great debugger, IPython notebook integration. I tried every Python IDE and settled on this one a couple years ago.
- Sublime Text 3 - For smaller and non-Ruby/Python projects, my default editor. The GoSublime plugin is a little complicated to configure, but makes writing Go code easier. We’ve started using the Jenkins Job DSL at Conjur, so I’m writing Groovy in Sublime as well.
- CheatSheet - I can’t remember the keyboard shortcuts for every app I use. CheatSheet runs in the background and I hold
commandto see the shortcuts for the app I’m in.
- Rested -
man curl. Look at all those flags! I use Rested to explore and test APIs. Sometimes I’ll save requests and replay them later for regression testing.httpie is also pretty nice, if you’re looking for a
- Patterns - I use this app to double-check my regular expressions. It supports multiple languages and has a built-in cheat sheet.
- RescueTime - I use this to track how much time I spend in different applications throughout the week. You can use this to measure the impact switching tools has on your productivity. How meta.
- Yoink - Makes drag and drop a lot easier.
Generate CloudFormation json -> Yoink -> AWS console.
- Evernote - I take notes whenever I watch conference videos or read tech books.
These are some of the tools I use, but definitely not all of them. I’m always looking for new tools to improve my workflow. That said, shiny new tools are released all the time; it takes discipline stick with what works for you (and your team) rather than immediately jump to the hot new thing.
My RescueTime breakdown from last week:
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