My #Top5 tools as a software developer

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Having the right tools at your disposal can significantly boost your productivity as a software developer.

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11 Jul 2023, 9:06 am

My #Top5 tools as a software developer

Having the right tools at your disposal can significantly boost your productivity as a software developer.

The possibilities of web design and development are almost limitless. As a result, you have more alternatives than ever before when it comes to the development tools you employ to create your app or website. Not many people are interested in learning how to utilize technology that will soon be outdated. The goal of this blog post is to showcase my favorite, most used tools for full-stack web development in 2023 and how these tools may help you become better at coding web applications.   Without further ado, let me present those tools to you, in the order, I use them the most.  

1. Google Chrome

I use Google Chrome on a daily basis for anything I do related to work or personal internet browsing. Apart from being an excellent browser, it comes packed with other built-in tools such as bookmarks, developer tools, extensions, and Lighthouse.  

2. Visual Studio Code

My IDE of choice, I switched to VS Code a few years back from Sublime Text, and since then I have never looked back or regretted the change. Previously, I've also tried Atom, Web Storm, PHP Storm, and maybe more, which I can't remember at the moment.

I'm sure that by now, every software developer has heard about VS Code. Built by Windows, it supports more than 36 programming languages (C #, C++, PHP, Python, and JavaScript) and can be installed on most operating systems too.

IntelliSense enables intelligent code suggestions and code completion features to help developers write code faster. Developing on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, the web, and the cloud is now easier than ever with this magic tool. Adding extensions is easy-peasy, and it allows you to expand its functionalities to do basically anything you want.

VS Code also comes packed with many other tools, such as a terminal, git, and plenty more.

3. Trello and Jira

Trello and Jira are both excellent task management software but have distinct strengths. Jira includes Kanban, Scrum, and sprint boards, whereas Trello just offers Kanban. I use Jira for work and Trello for personal projects.

Trello is a superb general-use project management software for anyone. Its adaptability makes it useful across sectors, project kinds, and team sizes. Jira offers sophisticated features. It includes a full suite of issue tracking, monitors projects between versions, and enables users to modify the program. It has a higher learning curve than Trello because of its rich customization features.

4. Slack and Discord

As a corporate communication tool, Slack excels, but for online communities, Discord is the clear winner. Because that's what they were designed to do. This doesn't mean you can't experiment with them both. I use them both. I use Slack for serious business, including at work, while Discord is for my online communities.

5. YouTube Premium

I use YouTube daily to stay up to date with what's going on around the world, from COVID and the war in Ukraine news to listening to music, watching a video tutorial or conference, entertaining videos, or posting a video for my community.