Download and Install XCode
XCode takes a while to download so we might as well start with this. You can continue on to the next steps while it downloads… until you run into a step that requires XCode
Download and Install MySQL
I’ve built mysql several times and haven’t find an advantage over installing it from the official DMG source. Installing it from the DMG is much easier and has a higher degree of success.
Just Google for “MySQL mac download”. It should take you to the MySQL download page. Download the 64-bit DMG and do the standard thing. Open it up and run the mysql install. Also add the System Preferences to make starting and stopping the MySQL service easier.
Update your Gems Environment
sudo gem update --system
sudo gem update
gem list --local
You might want to install hanna also. It’s an alternate rdoc template. I have it my system configured to automatically use hanna when generating rdoc.
sudo gem install hanna
Install Homebrew for your Unix Package Needs.
Homebrew is a nice simple package manager for OS X. Some alternatives are ports and fink. I’ve used them both before and prefer ports over fink.
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://gist.github.com/raw/323731/install_homebrew.rb)"
Once you install homebrew, you can easily install other packages. Ack “is a tool like grep, designed for programmers with large trees of heterogeneous source code.” Bash Completion helps make the bash command line easier to use. It’ll allow you to tab fill your ssh locations for example.
brew install git
brew install ack
brew install bash-completion
Here’s where we start adding some real meat to your system. rvm is not strictly necessary but highly recommanded.
# Install rvm
bash < <( curl http://rvm.beginrescueend.com/releases/rvm-install-head )
# set up rvm in .profile... or use rubyconsumer's dotfiles setup. (see below)
# To seamlessly abandon the Apple-installed system ruby (ruby 1.8.7 patchlevel 174 for Snow Leopard):
rvm install 1.8.7 # installs patch 302: closest supported version
rvm system ; rvm gemset export system.gems ; rvm 1.8.7 ; rvm gemset import system # migrate your gems
rvm --default 1.8.7
Set up Dotfiles
I have my dotfiles saved on github. I suggest either 1) look through and picking up what you need, 2) fork it, use it as is and start making your own additions. I've tried to keep it commented.
I place my configs into dropbox and symlink to them.
Clone or fork and clone dotfiles
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:rubyconsumer/dotfiles.git
Set up dotfiles.
My dotfiles project has a setup script which will non-destructively symlink to dotfiles. You'll need to modify it to work for you, until I make the appropriate changes since it's hardcoded to my Dropbox location.
Textmate is an obvious choice. If you are going to use vi, check out mac vim and carlhuda's Janus.
for i in ~/.vim ~/.vimrc ~/.gvimrc; do [ -e $i ] && mv $i $i.old; done
git clone git://github.com/carlhuda/janus.git ~/.vim