Sponsored Post: Setapp, Netflix for Apps

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It seems that every Mac app you want to try either has a high price tag or a ridiculous monthly subscription attached to it that you are not sure you want to commit to.

The Mac and macOS are known for their quality apps- that’s why you choose the Mac over other PC makers- apps that are well thought out, well executed, and aesthetically pleasing.

But with the ever-increasing price of apps and app subscriptions, buying all the apps you want can get expensive.

This is where Setapp comes in.

I’ve used Setapp to get a few apps that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get or just didn’t feel like spending the money to own. You get well over 100 quality apps for $9.99/mo.

Depending on what you’re looking for, this is a steal. The apps in this subscription, if bought alone, would cost hundreds of dollars, not figuring in the cost of upgrades that with a Setapp subscription, are automatically included in the price.

So What Apps for Devs?

There are a few apps for devs in the Setapp subscription:

Setapp apps for devs

Setapp apps for devs

My personal favorite is Paw, which is an excellent REST client for checking your APIs.

There are other apps for productivity, like TextSoap which is invaluable for cleaning up text, like copy/pastes from GitHub, Stack Overflow, etc:

And there are also awesome apps for keeping your Mac clean and running smoothly:

I use CleanMyMac a lot to clean unneeded caches and large files. Perfectly safe and easy to use.

Okay. But What If I Don’t Want to Keep the Subscription?

The Setapp apps are in their own folder in the Applications folder on your Mac. The apps you download from Setapp aren’t mixed with your other apps:

If you no longer want to subscribe to Setapp, unsub on the website and just drag the Setapp app to AppCleaner or the Trash and drag the apps in the Setapp folder to the trash and you no longer have Setapp or its apps on your Mac. Easy.

It’s Simple and Cost Effective

Yes, it’s a subscription which means if you no longer want to pay you lose access to the apps you downloaded. If you want more than a couple apps in the package the cost is worth it. They are adding more and more apps all the time.

Am I using it? I did. And I liked it. But when I subscribed there weren’t a lot of apps there I wanted and buying those same apps outright and actually owning them was cheaper in the long run.

I may start my subscription again but I have a lot of the apps in the package. Until the big players in productivity come on board, as well as the bigger dev apps, then I will keep watch on the service and subscribe again.

Finishing YelpCamp and Lessons Learned

So I have finished The Web Developer Bootcamp and the final project, YelpCamp, a full-stack Yelp clone built with Node, Express, Mongo, Mongoose, Passport.js, and Bootstrap.

It took me four months and some change to completely go through the 45 hour course and finish YelpCamp. Here are some of my thoughts on the process.

Reviewing the Basics

A lot of what I learned in the beginning was a refresher on topics I have already learned. I did it anyway, just to make sure I was completely solid on my understanding of the basics.

I thought this was a very important step: there were some things I wasn’t exactly clear on, like DOM manipulation and CSS classes, etc, things I should have mastered before taking the course. It was evident right from the beginning I should continue to go over these introductory parts, as I really needed it.

Meat and Potatoes

Eventually we started going over things like Node, Express, etc. I found that, while these are intermediate topics, these libraries make working with JavaScript much, much easier. They abstract away so much of tediousness of writing JavaScript that I wished I had learned them first which is never a good idea 1.

These sections were the longest and the most hastily explained. For newcomers, this might be a turnoff but Colt has one of the highest rated courses on Udemy 2 so I am sure newcomers won’t be too scared of these sections.

Building YelpCamp

First, let me say: I am somewhat happy with it. It is my first full-stack app, I built it right alongside Colt. I have recently added modifications and with Ian Schroover, I am going to add even more modifications. It is also helping me in my other full-stack app, Check Yo Self as I can apply what I learned in YelpCamp to that app.

The problem is, the course came out almost three years ago. Web dev changes at a breakneck pace. Everything was out of date. Take this snippet for example:

//INDEX - show all campgrounds
router.get("/", function(req, res) {
  if (req.query.search && req.xhr) {
    const regex = new RegExp(escapeRegex(req.query.search), 'gi');
    // Get all campgrounds from DB
    Campground.find({
      name: regex
    }, function(err, allCampgrounds) {
      if (err) {
        console.log(err);
      } else {
        res.status(200).json(allCampgrounds);
      }
    });
  } else {
    // Get all campgrounds from DB
    Campground.find({}, function(err, allCampgrounds) {
      if (err) {
        console.log(err);
      } else {
        if (req.xhr) {
          res.json(allCampgrounds);
        } else {
          res.render("campgrounds/index", {
            campgrounds: allCampgrounds,
            page: 'campgrounds'
          });
        }
      }
    });
  }
});

This is a mess of callback hell that doesn’t 3 exist anymore in 2017. There are promises in ES6, and async/await in ES7. I am sure Colt knows this now and has references to these features in his new course. However, this app is probably over a thousand lines of JavaScript over several modules. I don’t have the time, or the want, to refactor this. I didn’t come up with this idea but it does look good on my portfolio.

End Game

My mission in all this was to learn the basics of full-stack web dev in a pace and learning style I could be successful in. I have done that. Now, it is taking what I learned and working it into Check Yo Self. Pop on over to YelpCamp and give it a look. Tell me what you think.


  1. Some people think you can learn libraries right away without learning the basics. This is erroneous thinking. If you are a junior, like I am, learning the basics will get you hired. There are concepts you need to fully understand before calling yourself a professional JavaScript developer. It’s that simple. 
  2. His newest course, The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp has a similarly high rating though it isn’t as well-thought out, and it shows in ratings from his previous course’s students. The course uses several teachers but is more up to date and uses React, ES6 and so much more. I plan on buying it when it is on sale again. 
  3. And shouldn’t