Extremely minimal Windows dev setup

From time to time, my auntie asks me to go to her flat and look after the kitty and usually I don’t take my laptop. I want to be able to write some code using her laptop in the fastest way.

After experimenting with multiple set-ups like XAMPP or any programming language + a database, I found out that the fastest setup is drum roll….

NodeJS (Javascript) + Visual Studio Code. Plus a few clicks on Next buttons 🙂

Seriously !

The installation of Node and VS Code took under 10 minutes and a short restart for updating the path and I was ready to go. At least for console applications, but this setup should be ok for web apps. Also, a database like PostgreSQL or MySql can be installed for persistence.