What I use in my craft

Duncan Sample
Apr 11, 2019 · 4 min read
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This article aims to be a list of many of the tools I use for various areas of my software development workflow.


I’m a bit of a stationary and HID geek. I’ve used a variety of pens, notebooks and keyboards over the years, and have currently settled on these for my everyday needs.

  • Uni-ball PIN 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.8mm fine liners. These use pigment ink, which means they are long-lasting ‘archival’ inks (they don’t fade), and are also resistant to bleeding when using water-based pens to colour over top. The variety of line widths allows for creating a more detailed sketchnote or diagram without having to go over lines multiple times to make them stand out.


Most of my development is done on a MacBook Pro (2015 edition), so I’ll focus OS X. Many of the tools I use, however, are cross-platform, so will work on Linux, and possibly Windows.

  • iTerm 2. A powerful replacement for the OS X Terminal which supports split-panes and tabs.

Visual Studio Code extensions

Along with the built-in capabilities of VSCode, I’ve found a bunch of extensions help me be more productive.

  • Docker provides intelligence for Dockerfiles as well as some useful shortcuts accessible from the command Palette.

JavaScript-specific extensions

  • CodeMetrics helps by letting you know when your functions are getting a bit long-winded and are in need of refactoring.

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