My Development Environment

Last month I found something new on Facebook, it’s called Puzzle Master. I don’t know for certain, but Puzzle Master seems to be run by Facebook (the corporation) as a way to find new development talent.

When I first discovered Puzzle Master the running contest was:

To enter the contest, upload to our fan photo album, a screenshot of your desktop and development environment (including as many editors and tools as you can, and your desktop wallpaper) along with a short essay of 250 words or less explaining why and how you use it.

I don’t generally participate in this type of contest but I always find it interesting to see how other developers work. There were some cool prizes available and not many entrants so I decided to upload a screenshot of my desktop.

I was disappointed because the picture was scaled down so much that the apps were indistinguishable. So, I decided that it might be fun to do a few posts on my development environments.

First up… my physical setup!

My Desk
The picture is a link to flickr where I’ve attached some notes to the image.

  • MacPro (2 x 2.66GHz Dual-core Xeon) with 8 GB and ~2.5 TB
  • Two 24″ Dell monitors, both at 1920×1200
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • VMWare Fusion running XP SP3

This is my home office but my work setup is similar. At work my MacPro is 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-core. It has 12 GB memory and a single 500 GB disk. Maybe I’ll try to update this post later with a picture of my desk at work.

Here’s my desk at work!

My Desk at Work