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Getting started with dotfiles

Dries Vints does not blog often, but when he does it’s very much worth your time to read.

We all have specific ways of setting up our computer. It’s all different somehow. The apps we use, our IDE settings, what shell we prefer, what programming languages we work with, the tools we prefer. How on earth are we going to get that specific setup back the way we had it before our computer broke down?

Enter dotfiles.


You can find Dries’ dotfiles on GitHub. Mine can be found here.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.