Laptop Driven Development (with Emacs)
I read an interesting post over on Bernerd Schaefers blog the other day where he described his set up for coding when you only have a small screen. He talks about methods for switching between VIM and a terminal. If you're an emacs user, like me, it's more common to run your terminal inside emacs.
I use the homebrew package manager for OS X. One thing this allows me to do is compile emacs from source with support for true full-screen mode
$ brew install emacs --cocoa $ ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/emacs/23.2/Emacs.app /Applications/Emacs.app
This gives me a recent emacs with a great, full-screen mode which I
activate by running
That's my entire screen - no menubars, docks or other OS
paraphernalia. I can switch to a shell for running my unit tests by
M-x eshell (or for a standard bash shell
Since the usable area of the screen is quite large, thanks to the
fullscreen mode, I also have room to split the frame in two (
M-x split-window-vertically) to see, for example, tests and
implementation at the same time
Or, occasionally, to pop open the shell buffer for quickly issuing a command
I find emacs to be a great environment to work in on a smaller screen. You can see more of my emacs configuration on github.