Setting up the Development Environment

Setting up the Development Environment

Git, NVM, Node, VSCode


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Now that the computer is ready and I basically know how to handle the Ubuntu OS, it's time to install everything I need for development.

First thing is to sudo apt get update to see if the system is up to date.

Installing Git is as simple as:

sudo apt install git

๐Ÿ“ฑ Installing NVM and Node

NVM is short for "Node Version Manager". Without it, you can only use one version of Node at a time on your computer. Switching to a different one would require to re-install a different version of Node, so I'll try NVM, just to stay flexible.

To run the install script, you need either wget or curl (read more about the differences here: wget vs. curl - What is the difference?):

sudo apt install wget
# or
sudo apt install curl

Following the instructions from the NVM Github Repo to download the install script (the latest version is 0.38.0):

curl -o- | bash

Checking the installation (restart the terminal if you get a message "command not found"):

nvm --version

Installing Node

To get a (LONG) list of all available Node versions:

nvm ls-remote

You can specify the version to install, or grab the latest LTS release:

nvm install --lts

Checking the installation:

node -v

Printing the list of versions again, you'll see your version coloured in green with a little arrow pointing a it:


Setting the latest LTS version as default for every new shell:

nvm use --lts

It doesn't make much sense with only one version installed, but installing a second version only for the sake of learning more NVM commands doesn't make sense to me at this point either.

๐Ÿ“ฑ Installing Visual Studio Code

VS Code isn't available in the standard Ubuntu repositories, so you can't just sudo apt install it, but you need a few extra command lines (I followed this guide (How to Install Visual Studio Code)):

# install dependencies
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget

# download a key from Microsoft
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

# enable the repository
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] stable main"

# ... and install
sudo apt install code

If you prefer, there's also a VS Code Snap Package.


I'm not very fancy about my editor, just a few basic extensions that probably 90% of people are using as well, and a little configuration:

  "workbench.colorTheme": "Super One Dark",
  "editor.defaultFormatter": "esbenp.prettier-vscode",
  "prettier.singleQuote": true,
  "editor.formatOnSave": true,
  "editor.hover.enabled": false,
  "liveSassCompile.settings.formats": [
      "format": "expanded",
      "extensionName": ".css",
      "savePath": null

Having this out of the way, it's time to start building ๐Ÿ—๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ฑ Resources

Installing Node.js Tutorial: Using NVM

๐Ÿ“ฑ Thanks for reading!

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Keep calm & code ๐Ÿ‘‹