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  • Attempting to switch to VM-based development. Any tips?

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  • Maverick

    October 29, 2019 at 10:02 am

    For a few years now, I’ve been contemplating shifting my entire development environment (including IDE) to VMs which I can spin up and down per project as I see fit, however, I’ve never actually gotten around to it. At the moment, however, I’m working on 3 wildly different projects for 2 different clients (not to mention all my side-projects!) each one has a node component (one also has a .net component but thankfully that part runs inside docker anyway.), each of them requires a different set of VSCode plugins, my laptop is starting to feel quite messy and I’m starting to get things conflicting, it’s definitely time to revisit the VM approach. My original plan was to use ubuntu as I’m familiar with Debian commands and ubuntu is something I’ve used before but then I started wondering if I should go for a much lighter distro as after-all, I don’t actually need a full-featured OS, provided it can run Node, Docker, VSCode and has clipboard and file interoperability with the host OS.I’ve also had a very brief play with Vagrant in the past but never really gone in-depth with it, however, my small amount of exposure makes me think I’ll benefit from its use. My host will change between a powerful windows gaming machine, a moderately well-specced windows laptop (but with only 8gb of RAM) and a fully-specced out MacBook Pro. So if I could also version control my VM’s to transfer across hosts, that would be ideal. I will probably use VirtualBox as the driver as I’m used to it and I know it works cross-platform but if there are any suggestions for something better, I’m all ears 🙂 So my questions to you guys are: Have any of you done the same thing? What do you recommend and what gotchas do you wish you knew about before you started? Thanks in advance! 🙂 – by hq overview foxleigh81 – –

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