[wp-hackers] Your development application workflow

Brian Layman wp-hackers at thecodecave.com
Tue Sep 11 19:45:19 UTC 2012

I am setup for Windows dev work. So I use XAMPP's Apache and MySQL 
(defaulted to myisam) running locally out of a DropBox folder.  I shut 
down the servers any time I might be switching from desktop to laptop to 
prevent collisions.  It's a bit of awesome just be able to just turn on 
the laptop and have your host file, httpd.conf&vhosts.conf and mysql 
databases just work for your local dev environment.  The mklink windows 
command and DropBox allows for wonderful things like portable hosts 
files (and Terraria characters).

If I need to cowboy code, I use ExpanDrive to access the server 
(version1.8.4 is faster for SSH but I will use the new version for FTP 
only servers) as a drive letter.  So I have a number of standard drives 
for customers which I need to access often.

Because I have a drive letter assigned, I can just use Notepad++ to 
access the local and/or remote code.  I have it set up with function 
keys that access the codex for WordPress functions.

Dropbox along with the Windows 7 task scheduler is also nice for 
scheduled exports and imports of Putty registry settings. So if I add a 
client to putty, it will just appear on my other machines the next day.  
I need to reconnect the ppks unfortunately. I've not dug into why that 
is not working.

The one other unique thing about my environment is that I use Ztree as a 
file manager because it does SOOO much more than explorer and does it 
more quickly in most cases. http://www.ztree.com/ (OK I need to redo 
their website for them. That's embarrassing. :) ) But it's a great 64bit 
windows tool.

Brian Layman

On 9/10/2012 2:03 PM, Ryan WP Mailing Lists wrote:
> For me I use GIT, mainly for easy branching. I then push my local GIT repo
> to a hosted one with beanstalk and I have a great setup when I push my
> Staging branch to beanstalk i use a webhook which gets the details then
> that script  with use rackspace cloud APIs to spin up a cloud server, and
> then configure beanstalk to deploy to the newly setup server. When I push
> to production a webhook with delete my staging server with rackspace then
> use beanstalk to deploy the code to my production server,
> Sure its a bit complex but you can use a more simplified deployment with
> beanstalk fairly easily. I just use webhooks to provision and delete my
> staging server to save money. But i suppose if you have a local machine you
> can use for staging or something you could just as easily skip the step.
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Eric Andrew Lewis <
> eric.andrew.lewis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> I'm going to be doing a presentation at WordCamp Philly in a month on
>> development application workflow - I'll be running through applications and
>> featuresets and live demos. I'm not sure exactly how much I'm going to get
>> to cover within the time limit, but the topics will include code
>> editors/IDEs, version control, FTP, and some command line.
>> Please reply with a rant about your application workflow and why it rules,
>> whether directly to me or to this email. I'm probably not going to have a
>> chance to review everyone's input immediately but would love as much as
>> possible.
>> Thanks in advance!
>> --
>> Eric Andrew Lewis
>> ericandrewlewis.com
>> 610.715.8560
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