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Tag: Development Tools

Effortless Documentation with Modern Tools

This is a long article on The Surprising Power of Documentation and I think it’s worth a read, but it’s also geared toward implementing a documentation-first mindset in an organization.

This isn’t something I’m concerned about focusing on in this post but there are a few points the articles are makes and it reminded of a few things that I’ve done over the few months – especially with the growth of tools such as GitHub Copilot Chat – to make the documentation process almost effortless.

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What To Do When Xcode CLI Tools Won’t Install

TL;DR: If the standard terminal commands don’t work for uninstalling and reinstalling the Xcode CLI tools, use this page and search for the latest version of the tools to download. You don’t need a developer account to access it.

If you work both in a terminal and on a Mac, then you’re likely familiar with the Xcode Command Line Tools (and the necessary utilities they provide for things like Git, building front-end assets, etc.).

If you’re not familiar, here’s the gist:

[Command Line Tools] enables UNIX-style development via Terminal by installing command line developer tools, as well ass macOS SDK frameworks and headers. Many useful tools are included such as the Apple eLLVM compiler, linker, and Make.

Apple Developer Downloads

Obviously, I’m not an iOS or a macOS developer, but there’s plenty of work that I do in the terminal and I need some of these tools for.

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WordPress Plugins For Development (As Of Today)

In the previous post, I shared the 10 (well, 11 if you count Slack., but I think that’s debatable) tools I currently use for WordPress development. But I also said that I’d cover the tools I use within WordPress – or WordPress plugins for development – that I use when working on a project.

WordPress Plugins For Development

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, then you’ve likely heard me talk about some of these at one point or another, but having them all captured in a single post can be useful especially when I want to refer others to them.

So this is the short list of plugins that I’ve found to be useful when building projects both for myself and for others.

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WordPress Development Tools (As Of Today)

Like anyone who reads this blog, I’m periodically asked what WordPress development tools I use. Though I realize I share things that I use now and then, I’ve never really collected everything into one place.

WordPress Development Tools: Tower

And, truth be told, this is a blog, so things change as time moves forward.

So I’m going to be dividing this post into two parts:

  1. Today, I’m going to cover the actual software I use to get work done.
  2. Tomorrow, I’ll share what it is I use regarding WordPress plugins and related web-
    specific software.

With that said, here’s the list of software and some minor commentary I use to get work done when building things both for others and for myself.

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