The first step is to install developer tools on the new laptop wihout installing Xcode (it’s very large cannot afford to download it)

  • Open the terminal type the following one and follow the prompt :
xcode-select --install

follow this link for a precise step by step guide .

The second step is to get rid of the default mac terminal and install a powerfull and customizable terminal; my choice is oh-my-zsh.

let install it we need curl :

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"

and now let customize it to make it a beautifull terminal !

default configuration can be edited and customized from the file .zshrc

nano ~/.zshr

open the file edit it according to you needs . you can pick some tips from this guide

once your terminal is now customized and fully functional we can continue istalling other tools

  • For customization i prefer using dracula theme for both vscode and iterm, it like a universal theme

third step is to install package manager home brew: About homebrew:

Homebrew a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system

I will need this software to install most of the software I’m going to work with.

From their official site it’s said that :

__ Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.__

that is the reason why it’s not embedeed directly with ios like apt-get in linux or ubuntu os.

let us install it. As homebrew is written in ruby we will install it with this simple comand:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Once homebrew is installed we can install everything according to your needs.

For me as I’m a pyhton developer I will install everything related to python :

to start let install python3 and python 2

for python 2 i use

brew install python@2

for python 3 I use

brew install python

once python is installed I will install node and postgressql and docker

node and postgres can be installed via brew but for docker i will need to download a dmg directly.

The last software for my developement are text editor : i used atom and sublime text for developêment . they can be downloaded directly from their site. the next job will be to customise them for both python and javascript development