Tools & Tech Stack

Below I share the tools and technologies that make life as a software engineer fun and a little easier.

This page is part of Wes Bos' project, which is a collection of development setups, gear, software and configs.

Table of Contents


MacOS Software & Tools

  • Dropbox - Cloud storage. Team uses this on occasion to share files.
  • Fira Code Font - Free monospaced font with programming ligatures. If you aren't using ligatures in your editor, you're missing out!
  • Gifski - Highest-quality GIF encoder. Convert clips into GIFs easily.
  • Homebrew - Package Manager for macOS.
  • iTerm2 - iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. I use the Fira Code font with ligatures enabled in preferences. Game changer.
  • Node.js - JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine.
  • nvm - Node Version Manager. Make switching node versions a breeze.
  • Oh My Zsh - A delightful, open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration. I use the agnoster theme.
  • Shottr - Small, fast screenshot app with quick OCR and color picker support.
  • Spectacle - Move and resize windows with ease.
  • VLC - Free and open source cross-platform media player that supports literally everything.
  • VS Code - Code editor redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. It's amazing.
  • Xcode Command Line Tools - For Git. Try running git in the terminal, it should prompt to install.
  • Zsh - Unix shell that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a command interpreter for shell scripting.

VS Code Extensions

General Extensions
  • Better Comments - Improve your code commenting by annotating with alert, informational, TODOs, and more!
  • Code Spell Checker - Spelling checker for source code.
  • Even Better TOML - Fully-featured TOML support.
  • GitLens — Git supercharged - Supercharge the Git capabilities built into Visual Studio Code.
  • Gremlins tracker - Reveals some characters that can be harmful because they are invisible or looking like legitimate ones.
  • IntelliCode - AI-assisted development.
  • Markdown All in One - All you need to write Markdown (keyboard shortcuts, table of contents, auto preview and more).
  • Prettier - Code formatter using prettier.
  • YAML - YAML Language Support by Red Hat, with built-in Kubernetes syntax support.
Web Dev Extensions
  • Apollo GraphQL - Rich editor support for GraphQL client and server development that seamlessly integrates with the Apollo platform.
  • ESLint - Integrates ESLint JavaScript into VS Code.
  • Firebase - Firestore Security Rules syntax highlighting.
  • Import Cost - Display import/require package size in the editor.
  • IntelliSense for CSS class names in HTML - CSS class name completion for the HTML class attribute based on the definitions found in your workspace.
  • MDX - Language support for MDX.
  • npm Intellisense - Visual Studio Code plugin that autocompletes npm modules in import statements.
  • npm - npm support for VS Code.
  • Path Intellisense - Visual Studio Code plugin that autocompletes filenames.
  • React-Bootstrap Snippets - Code snippets for React-Bootstrap, authored by yours truly!
  • vscode-styled-components - Syntax highlighting for styled-components.

Technologies & Frameworks

  • Bootstrap - World's most popular front-end component library.
  • Bootswatch - Free themes for Bootstrap.
  • ESLint - ESLint statically analyzes your code to quickly find problems.
  • Gatsby - React-based, GraphQL powered, static site generator.
  • Google Firebase - Backend-as-a-service.
  • Markdown - Simple markup language for formatting documents in plain text.
  • Netlify - All-in-one platform for modern web projects. Build, test, and deploy globally.
  • Prettier - An opinionated code formatter that supports many languages and formats code on save.
  • PWAs - Progressive web apps are cross-platform, can be installed on mobile devices, and share a single codebase.
  • React-Bootstrap - The most popular front-end framework rebuilt for React.
  • React - A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.
  • - Full-stack error tracking system for web applications.
  • Storybook - Frontend workshop for building UI components in isolation. Great for documentation, too.
  • Styled Components - Write CSS in your JavaScript.
  • TypeScript - TypeScript extends JavaScript by adding types to the language.

Productivity & Communication

  • Brave Browser - Privacy-first Chromium web browser with built-in ad blocking on desktop and mobile (yes, mobile!). Supports syncing and Chrome extensions, too.
  • Google Forms - Create, share, and integrate forms.
  • Notion - Productivity and note-taking app.
  • ProtonMail - End-to-end encrypted email service located in a secure facility 1 km under a mountain in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Slack - Place for team to communicate.
  • TickTick - Task management app that helps you stay organized.

Artificial Intelligence

  • ChatGPT - Famous AI chatbot that can compose written content, code, and more.
  • Midjourney - Generate images from natural language text prompts. Mindblowingly cool and ahead of other AI image generators.
  • Poe - Platform for creating, testing, and using AI chatbots. See the bots I've created.


  • React Kindling - 🔥 A template to build, test, and share React components and hooks easily. I use this for all of my npm packages.

Content Creation

  • BlackHole - Virtual audio driver used for capturing internal computer audio.
  • Canva - Graphic design made easy, with tons of templates to choose from.
  • ConvertKit - Mailing list and lead capture, with free plan.
  • Envato Elements - Massive resource of stock media and editor add-ons.
  • Final Cut Pro - Professional video editing application from Apple.
  • FlatIcon - An icon for everything in various styles.
  • Gear - Spreadsheet of all studio gear I use, with cost estimates.
  • Namecheap - Affordable domain registrar.
  • Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay - Royalty-free stock images, videos, and sounds.
  • Photopea - Free web-based clone of Photoshop.
  • Presentation Assistant - Highlight your mouse pointer and clicks.
  • QuickTime - Apple's built-in screen recorder, works great.


  • Awesome - 😎 Awesome lists about all kinds of interesting topics.
  • Skillshare - Online learning community with thousands of classes.
  • - A list of /uses pages (like this one) detailing developer setups, gear, software and configs.

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