According to the proverb: “A poor workman blames his tools.”

These tools won’t make you a better developer. But they’ll make your life easier.

PhpStorm / Sublime Text

Version 9 is out, and it’s better than ever. I’ve also long been a big fan of Sublime Text, and I use that too when a full development environment isn’t called for. But when you’re deep into a bigger project, PhpStorm is well worth the hundred bucks. Get it when you’re between projects because it’s huge and will take you a week or so of fiddling with smaller stuff to get it seasoned to taste.

Tower

Version control is essential. Can we just agree on that? And, no, you don’t really need a gui app for git. Your command terminal will do just fine. But if you develop on a Mac and you’re using git flow — which, if you’re not, why? — Tower is going to be your friend.

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