I've been a MacPorts user for quite awhile now. There was nothing religious about the decision - on my first day of work I was handed a new Macbook Pro and proceeded to set up a development environment. Tried to, anyway. While I'd been an avid Mac user for most of my life I'd never actually used it for serious web development - I did some small work back in the 90's but that was the days of OS9 and it was all un-Unixy. Long story short: I was a newb at developing on OSX.
Being an Ubuntu user, I was pretty spoiled by
apt-get. After about three mintues of trying to compile stuff myself I marched back into my boss's office and asked if there was a package manager for OSX. He directed me to the Mac Ports website and I left extremely relieved. I think I ran across Homebrew at some point but I never explored it further.
For about three months this was satisfactory. MacPorts works well enough but it has a habit of annoying you at certain intersections. The biggest problem, though, was that the rest of the wo