We've just released Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous, a free tutorial on setting up a proper environment for doing software development.
For those who prefer the convenience of direct delivery to their Kindle, we've made the tutorial available for Amazon's minimum $0.99 purchase price here.
While Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous covers easier setup options like cloud IDEs and virtual machines, I especially recommend it for macOS and Linux users who are ready for the more challenging task of configuring their native environments.
Learn Enough Dev Environment to Be Dangerous is a living document, and we plan to keep it up-to-date as development environments evolve. Please feel free to pass it around as a resource to any of your friends or colleagues who want to get started learning about software development.
Finally, suggestions are welcome, so please let us know if you have any favorite dev environment tricks you'd like to see included!