My Local Environment Timeline
The dust has more or less settled now in terms of the tools I use to develop for the web, at least on my own personal machine. I'm rocking a mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and while it's starting to show its age it still powers through thanks to some software options available. I wouldn't say it's a compromise by any stretch, and sure it would be nice to have that extra oomphf every now and then, but it's not a limiting factor for my personal work.
# OS and Hardware
I've used Windows since I was a young lad, starting with Windows 98SE on a Compaq Presario. I remember playing a lot of Critical Mass on it, and the sound of firing a missle still rings pretty clear in my mind. Seriously, it's a great game. I stuck with Windows from then through college and my first developer job. During my first job I had a bit of developer envy seeing all the tools available on Mac, and the power of the terminal. A lot of StackOverflow responses referred to the terminal, and I got more of a taste for it when I installed Ubuntu on my old laptop. Some hardware didn't work correctly with it so I abandoned my attempt at switching OS after a couple of months. Eventually I saved up enough to buy a MacBook, and after a period of adjustment I was
rm rf-ing with wreckless abandon. Every developer job I've had since has been almost entirely Mac-based outside of some time on Windows for cross-browser testing. That's not to say I wouldn't switch back; MacBooks are damn expensive, and when I end up having to shell out for a new machine in the future I might go that route.
It was during this time I switched to Laravel Valet and Sequel Pro, and it really gave my machine some breathing room by sparing some resources that were otherwise consumed by MAMP. I still had MAMP on hand for legacy projects that needed Apache and older versions of PHP, but those were slowly updated or phased out.
# The Dust Has Settled
For now, at least, it has. I feel much more confident in where I'm at compared to previous setups. In the past while, it's the code editor that was always the one being swapped in and out; I always felt like I was trialing something knowing I could come back to Sublime Text. I'm just as productive as I was (if not more so as I'm spending less time dealing with performance issues), and I don't feel like I'm missing out using Sublime Text, Laravel Valet, and Sequel Pro.