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It takes time to setup a new development environment. Thank God developers are so lazy.

How I setup a new development environment

19 May, 2020 in notes - 1 min to read

Tags: Development

One of the things that happen when you join a new company or you get a new computer, is that you need to start fresh and start installing all the necessary applications in your brand new work station. I've been in that situation more than one time and is very tedious. For that reason, I started to look into creating a bash shell that could deal with all my problems so I could grab a cup of tea and read some manga while I was waiting for all the software and utilities to be ready. A friend also pointed to me that using the package manager Homebrew for this task would be a no brainer if my target was a Mac computer. So, let's start by explaining a bash script that does what I need.

The first thing to do is to create our install.sh and ask for sudo powers.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

sudo -v

After that, we will create a custom keep-alive command that will be running in the background. With this little trick, we aren't going to ask for a password in the entire execution of our script.

while true; do sudo -n true; sleep 60; kill -0 "$$" || exit; done 2>/dev/null &

The next thing is that we are going to check if we have Homebrew installed. If not, then we are going to prompt a message that we are going to do it at that moment thanks to their curl installation.

if [ ! $(which brew) ]; then
  echo "Installing homebrew..."
  /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"

The fun part begins now. We are going to use the power of Homebrew to install our command-line software and the help of Cask to install our graphical applications.

echo "Updating Brew"
brew update
brew upgrade

echo "Installing software"
brew install git \

brew cask install google-chrome \

echo "cleaning up homebrew"
brew cleanup

Since we are lazy developers, let's go further and create an interactive configuration for git while creating the necessary keys for later usage in Github.

if ! [[ $(git config --global user.name) ]] || ! [[ $(git config --global user.email) ]]; then
    echo "Configuration for git"

if ! [[ $(git config --global user.name) ]]; then
    read -rp 'Name: ' name
    git config --global user.name "$name"

if ! [[ $(git config --global user.email) ]]; then
    read -rp 'Email: ' email
    git config --global user.email "$email"

# Check if we have keys already
if [ ! -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ]; then
  if  [ -z "$email" ];then
    read -rp 'Email: ' email
    git config --global user.email "$email"

  ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "$email"
  eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
  ssh-add -K ~/.ssh/id_rsa

pbcopy < ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

echo "Your SSH key has been copied to your clipboard. Go to https://github.com/settings/keys and setup your new key"

And that's it. Now you can go directly to Github settings and paste your keys and start developing. If you're interested in some software that I use, you can find my shell script as a Github gist. Play with it and add some nice prompts.

I added a nice Hatsune Miku to know that my script is finished.

Hatsune Miku draw in ASCII

Algus Dark

Algus Dark

I'm a Geek, lover of technology and literature. I touched a computer at age 13 and the heat of the screen hypnotized me. My hobby is learning new stuff.