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Cécile Lebleu
Cécile Lebleu

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What's something you couldn't work without?

Besides a decent computer and a decent internet connection, what's something that, if you didn't have around, you couldn't work properly?
Is it coffee, or tea, a good chair, music, headphones, your favorite editor or IDE, journal, a desk plant...?

For me, although all of the above are pretty useful, it would have to be an elbow cushion. Without it, my elbows get bruised from always being on the hard wood table while I type. I could replace it with any other cushion, but I recently crocheted a new DIY one that works perfectly.

I'm curious. What couldn't you be a developer without?

You can take this chance to be grateful for always having that nearby. Being grateful is really good for our mental health and well-being. 💙

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Adrian Mejia

Oh, I didn't realize it until now but I really like my cushion (for mouse and keyboard). I have them at home and also at work. When I work from a coffee shop I feel the pain in my hands from the pressure. Something else is an external monitor. I like big screens to divide the code in multiple windows.

This is my home setup

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Eugene Karataev

I'm just curious what's the benefit of having 8 open terminal windows instead of one or two?

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Adrian Mejia

I have multiple microservices running and each window has their logs. I like to keep eye when an error messages happens so I don't have to break my head wondering why things are not working or the process died.

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Eugene Karataev

That makes sence, thanks.

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Ami Scott (they/them)

I'm in a poor living situation where I basically work from my laptop while sitting on a bed. No real back support or anything. I start to hurt so bad so fast. I can't wait until the day I have a space for a desk and a chair because that sounds amazing.

For me the one thing I do have that I can't work without is my earbuds. They are noise cancelling, pretty comfortable, and even if they aren't super great they get the job done so I can block out distractions.

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Cécile Lebleu Author

I hope you can get a good workspace soon! I share a 1-person desk with my partner, and we don't have good chairs (mine is a foldable chair with a cushion — and it's the best of the two), so I know what it feels like to get terrible back pain after working for a while every day. It's a real struggle and work really suffers from it.
To combat this, I've installed an app (Pomy for Mac) that reminds me to get up every 20 minutes, so I get up and stretch, skip, squat, anything! It helps a lot. And using a big inflatable exercise ball as a chair is also really good, it's way less expensive than a good chair and it's pretty good for the back because it makes you sit straight and keep the abdomen working to stay in place. If you can get one of those and a table, it could be a big improvement for a working space.
Best of luck! 👩🏼‍💻

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Ami Scott (they/them)

We don't have room for a table right now, I use a tray on my lap, but I'm hoping that's done soon! I do try to get up every 30-60 minutes to walk and stretch though if I hit a stride I know I end up forgetting.

I've been thinking that working from the library more often would be good for me though. Then I could at least sit even if I won't be able to use a second monitor there.

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campbellbartlett

Stackoverflow!

Imagine how difficult development would become if you didn't have all those amazing questions / answers at your fingertips.

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Eugene Karataev

+1. For some reason couple of days ago SO wasn't available from my workplace for several hours and my productivity decreased significantly 🤣

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Vitali Pomanitski

I couldn't work without vim. I began as a perl programmer N I was writing in nedit. It was an awful editor and I hated it for all the three years. Today I use vim and I'm in love with it!

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