So I guess the follow-on question for this will be to jump into some of the specifics, but I have never worked on a software development team in a professional capacity and am building a web startup.
How do I structure my entire development environment on a bootstrapped/startup budget? What are the things I will need? There will be two coders and 1 designer (all cofounders including myself).
I know I will need a Version Control System, for us to manage the development, but from there what next?
Do I need a development, staging & production server. If so, how do I setup all of those on one server without having to rent/buy 3 different servers? Even better yet, how do I setup that sort of environment on a cheaper cloud offering like the grid hosting solution from www.mediatemple.net . Is that possible/desirable?
Do I have to worry about server monitoring with tools like Nagios from now, and where can I learn about architectures that will scale - because I keep reading about people making the wrong choices early and it being a huge headache when they need to scale. How do I avoid those types of mistakes?
Ideally, I would like to release early & release often - like the guys at www.getdropbox.com do so wonderfully.
Thanks guys for all the great feedback.