I recently got the new 15 inch Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard and decided to clean out my set of mac apps to the bare necessities. Here’s what I got it down to:
general purpose software:
Firefox: I use this along with two most-have plugins: ubiquity, firebug.
iwork: Need Pages/Numbers/Keynote.
adium: much more customizable than ichat.
VLC: plays every type of video.
colloquy: irc chat client.
photoshop cs4: Need to edit images from time to time.
skype: Making the calls.
flickr uploadr: Easier to upload photos than their web interface.
unrarx: the builtin uncompress software doesn’t work with rar.
smultron: a great low footprint text editor.
textmate: Best editor for any type of programming language.
eclipse: The java IDE. i use hadoop and learning clojure so java is back in. Eclipse has great debugging and junit integration.
quicksliver: quick app launcher.
sequel pro: Browsing mySQL DBs.
gitx: I mostly use command line for git, but i like the visual diffs in gitx.
iterm: I like this better than terminal. *mostly because of the full screen ability and preferred shortcut keys.
geektool: I keep a cat of the syslog on my desktop to make sure no background process is going haywire.
virtualbox: Free opensource VM client. For checking website compatibility in IE7.
tech(ok, you don’t need all of these, but they are great tech to try out):
java: 1.6 is already builtin.
git: distributed source control, must have for any coding project or documents you write. build from source.
mysql: need to run a local mysql server. get the 64 bit version!
ruby on rails: My choice of web development framework.
couchdbx: my choice of the nosql db. this is a self-contained package.
clojure: functional programming language and a modern lisp dialect built on the jvm.
hadoop: run a local copy of jobs for testing before deploying to ec2.
pig: the pig command line is vital for testing pig scripts locally.