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I’ve been using Visual Studio Code (VSCode for short) as my editor of choice for what feels like a very long time. Ever since I first set eyes on the project the project and the community has intrigued me.
My primary use case for VSCode is web development and over the years I’ve amassed a very finely tuned environment and extensions list that comes with me to every computer I use. What follows is a list of the best VSCode extensions that I have installed and personally used, along with an explanation of the value each extension provides.
If you’re someone just getting started with web development and you’re leveling up your learning to include PHP and other server-side languages, and you have an Apple Mac product of some kind running macOS 10.15, it’s very likely that you’ve ran into a wall trying to get your first
index.php file to run. You could just open the Terminal.app and type
php index.php which would run your file through the built-in php interpreter, but let’s say you want to view it in your web browser; how do you do that? Well, this is where XAMPP comes in.
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[March 2021 UPDATE] Revisited — Since posting this, a bunch of new tech has been released and over one year into the world-wide pandemic for COVID-19 our lives have fundamentally changed (for the better in some instances, not so in others). I have revised some of the sections and updated the content to reflect alternative offerings since the original publish date. Most notably is the addition of webcam software available from most major camera manufacturers.
I apologize in advance for the long post; it’s been awhile since I wrote anything on my blog and this one took some time to compile my thoughts. A lot happens in 10 years!
If you’re someone who is interested in the concept of “streaming” online, you’ve likely crossed paths with, or heard of, an application called Open Broadcaster Software (OBS for short). This open software is cross-platform and available on macOS, Linux, and Windows operating systems. OBS can be used to broadcast everything from simple streams to complex scene-driven . I’m going to show you how to push your HD60 video feed to an RTMP server and consume it with OBS.
So you read my post on setting up the ultimate media server for movies and tv shows and you’re in awe over how amazing a feeling it is to automate something that is such a pain to manage manually. You might also wonder what it would be like to get notifications when episodes or movies are downloaded. I came up with a rather non-obvious solution that might pique your interest: getting download, etc. notifications via text message.
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