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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 9Optimize Your Environment
White Belt[​​White Belt] You use your development tools every day. Take a mental step back—the choices you made years ago may not be the best going forward.

Let’s start at the beginning: when it’s time to work, what program do you start? Visual Studio, Emacs, a terminal window? Before you ever get to writing code, you have the environment you program in. Your environment includes your computer, text editor, compiler, debugger, and so forth.

Chances are you’re using only a fraction of the capabilities offered by each of these tools. You can make big gains in efficiency with just modest investment.

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