Minor Windows Things

As I have used the Windows OS more, there are a few bits of information and small tips I have socked away. I’ve been most of this data over and over again as I have gotten to know the Windows OS as a development platform. A few of these things I feel like I have found better solutions to, but will continue to leave here for now. I will try to come back and update this list as I continue to learn Windows. It’s worth noting for now this list is based on my use of a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10.

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Alright, Windows! Now what?

The first time I powered on the Surface I didn’t quite know what to expect. It has been so long since I used Windows to do anything other than open up a web browser. I was a little nervous. After all, I’m supposed to be the “computer guy” in my family, but there I was with no clue what I was doing.

After running its welcome animation the Surface guided me through the setup steps. I put in my registration information, created an account, and got to the desktop screen. I’ve used Windows enough to have a general idea of how to find things. At that point, though, if you had said to me “Ok, now go make a website” I would have looked at you and laughed.

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Dual Platform Engineering

I gave a talk in 2013 at WordCamp Denver called Breaking Up with *AMP about using Vagrant as a development environment. The presentation was received well, but for me I was more excited about the following day. Sunday of WordCamp Denver was designated a hack day, and in short order, it was decided that the main focus of the day would be core contribution.

Many participants were struggling getting up and running with the toolset required to work with WordPress core code. So we made the decision to get everyone going by having them spin up an instance of VVV. This worked fantastically because all of the tools needed to contribute back to core were packed in the virtual environment.

It worked great for everyone in the room—except for one person. He was on Windows.

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