Unix-style Windows Development Environment Adventures

Things I've learned thus far, while developing on Windows:

  • Cmder is an excellent terminal emulator, and the best one I've found for Windows. Highly recommended.
  • The Ubuntu Subsystem for Windows 10 is really quite stellar -- It's a full-blown Ubuntu operating system running along-side your Windows stuff.


  • I built Python 2.7.13 from source, after apt-get installing 'build-essential' and friends.
  • The Linux home directory resides at C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Lxss\home\USERNAME.
  • The C:\ filesystem is available at /mnt/c.
  • It's much better to symlink from Linux into Windows filepaths, if you plan to edit your code in both environments. If you go the other way around, lots of strange permission errors occur.

Overall, things are going pretty well! I managed to develop and ship a release of Pipenv today on this machine, and while things weren't nearly as smooth as they are for me on a Mac, they were certianly workable!

So, I Bought a Surface Book

So, I decided to buy myself a Surface Book today. It's a surprisingly high quality device that easily competes with my MacBook Pro in terms of build and design.

I decided to buy it for a number of reasons:

  • I've been a little bit depressed lately, and new toys always help me get out of a funk.
  • There are a plethora of games available for Windows.
  • I enjoy the challenge of setting up a proper development environment on this platform.

So far, it's been a rather enjoyable experience. The new Unix Subsystem for Windows 10 is surprisingly enjoyable, and was able to produce a build of Python 2.7.13 without any problems. 

So far, I'd say there's only a 25% chance that I'll return the device. Fingers crossed!

Sublime Text 3 Heaven

I decided to revisit my editor configuration the other night, and experimented with every possible editor I could think of / imagine. I heavily configured vim (neovim), PyCharm, Eclipse, Emacs (Spacemacs), VSCode, Atom, Textual, and more. I knew I was going to stay put with my choice of Sublime Text 3 (which I have been using for 5+ years), but it's nice to have validation.

So, I decided to rebuild that configuration from scratch as well. I ended up with a very happy setup that I wanted to share with you. Here's a screencast of myself writing a little bit of code and pushing it to GitHub with this setup. 


Sublime UI Theme: Material

Sublime Text Extensions:

  • Anaconda — fantastic Python "IDE" support for Sublime Text. Just works, does everything you'd want it to do, including code completion and PEP8 checking. 
  • Color Highlighter — highlights colors present in code as the value provided (great for css).
  • Emmet  fantastic HTML shortcut utility. 
  • Package Control — (obviously)
  • SideBarEnhancements enhances the sidebar context menu options. Easily create new files and folders, etc. 
  • Themr — easily switch between themes.


Version Control:

  • GitGutter — display git diff information in the gutter of Sublime Text — extremely useful! Keeps track of added/removed lines. 
  • GitSavvy — very useful tool for committing/pushing with Git right from Sublime! 
  • GitStatusBar — shows git repo status in the bottom bar of Sublime Text. 



Syntax Packages:

  • Tomorrow Night Italics Color Scheme — italics for code comments, for Operator Mono
  • fish-shell — syntax highlighting for fish scripts. 
  • Jinja2 — syntax hilighting and snippets for jinjia2 templates.
  • RestructuredText Improved —syntax highlighting for RST files. 
  • requirementstxt — syntax highlighting for requirements.txt files. 
  • TOML — syntax highlighting for TOML. 
  • VimL — syntax highlighting for VimL. 

Fun Toys:

  • ASCII Decorator — right click on text, and turn it into ASCII art. 
  • Glue — terminal instance within Sublime. 
  • GitAutoCommit — a nifty little plugin that lets you set certian repos to automatically commit on save (useful for notes, etc). 
  • SublimeXiki — get the power of Xiki (shown in the screencast above, at the end) in Sublime!

User Key Bindings

    { "keys": ["super+2"], "command": "next_bookmark" },
    { "keys": ["super+1"], "command": "prev_bookmark" },
    { "keys": ["super+3"], "command": "toggle_bookmark" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+3"], "command": "clear_bookmarks" },
    {"keys": ["super+g"], "command": "git_status"},
        "keys": ["super+d"],
        "command": "set_layout",
            "cols": [0.0, 0.5, 1.0],
            "rows": [0.0, 1.0],
            "cells": [[0, 0, 1, 1], [1, 0, 2, 1]]

User Settings

    "auto_complete": false,
    "close_windows_when_empty": true,
    "color_scheme": "Packages/User/SublimeLinter/Tomorrow-Night-Italics (SL).tmTheme",
    "draw_white_space": "all",
    "find_selected_text": true,
    "fold_buttons": false,
    "font_face": "Operator Mono SSm Light",
    "font_size": 12.0,
    "highlight_line": true,
    "hot_exit": false,
    "material_theme_accent_orange": true,
    "material_theme_accent_scrollbars": true,
    "material_theme_appbar_orange": true,
    "material_theme_arrow_folders": true,
    "material_theme_bullet_tree_indicator": true,
    "material_theme_compact_sidebar": true,
    "material_theme_contrast_mode": true,
    "material_theme_small_statusbar": true,
    "material_theme_small_tab": true,
    "material_theme_tree_headings": false,
    "remember_open_files": false,
    "theme": "Material-Theme-Darker.sublime-theme",
    "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
    "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true

That's it! Enjoy :)