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Develop on Windows as if it was Unix

In this post I’d like to share a setup I recently found out and frankly love. I can’t always code on Linux, but I love the terminal and the environment, when working with open source software everything feels just easier, everything fits together without manually duct taping everything together.

With this setup you can get away with most of the simple daily tasks.

I’ll assume you have nothing installed, so starting from scratch…

The Terminal

Windows’ cmd just sucks… Nevertheless there are some nice alternatives out there if you are willing to spend some time googling, recently I found out about cmder, it packages together conemu, msysgit and clink, to give you a really neat terminal with no configuration at all! It even packs the good ol’ monokai theme.

It’s portable so just drop it somewhere on your system. It packs with a bin/ folder, so you can just drop anything you want to run from the terminal there.

Just by using cmder you get git, a decent terminal and most common unix commands (ls, mv, cp, grep, cat, etc)

Git

It’s already in cmder! Isn’t that neat?

Chocolatey

As we’ll be using the terminal quite a lot, I find Chocolatey to be quite nice!

To install just do @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin

Do you need to install xampp? cinst xampp.app will do! Remember you can choose where to install it, normally it’s in D:\xampp.

Do you need ruby? cinst ruby

Wget

This little utility is just too good to miss, also, some common utilities (like composer) use it for a quick and easy installation.

To get it just do cinst Wget.

Nano

I really like this little editor for quick editting, cinst nano is everything you need to do if you want it!

It’s important to note that ^W is mapped to close tab so you will have to remove that mapping from cmder’s settings.

Vim

Do you use Vim? cinst vim will do, of course, all vim users religiously know how to install and configure vim…

Duct Taping XAMPP

Well… It’s windows after all… I find doing this is easier than installing apache + mysql.

XAMPP does not add anything to Windows PATH so if you want to run php in the command line set PATH=%PATH%;D:\xampp\php, assuming you installed XAMPP in D:\xampp!

If you do php --version you should not get an error, if you do get an error check your XAMPP directory.

Another step, if you are going to use PHP’s pear command, you’ll encounter an error like this

ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\data\Auth\Auth\Frontend ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\docs\Benchmark\doc ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\data\Cache\Container ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\docs\Cache_Lite\docs ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\docs\Calendar\docs\examples ERROR: failed to mkdir C:\php\pear\docs\Config\docs

This is because XAMPP doesn’t bother to configure pear, so, assuming you installed XAMPP in D:\xampp, do

D: to switch to that partition, then cd D:\xampp\php pear config-set doc_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\docs pear config-set cfg_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\cfg pear config-set data_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\data pear config-set cache_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\cache pear config-set download_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\download pear config-set temp_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\temp pear config-set test_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\tests pear config-set www_dir d:\xampp\php\pear\www

That’s good enough for pear.

Conclusion

All in all I’m pretty happy with that setup, and I keep improving it slowly, of course, I’m open to suggestions ;)

Cheers!

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