In programming’s world, we could say it is essential and very important to keep up with the new information of our sector, in this way you manage to place yourself in the lead and face the various challenges that are presented to you in your day to day in an optimal way.
Refactor some portion of the code, add a new functionality in the application, choose a technological stack for a new project, upgrade a deprecated code from 5 years ago (Who has not had this beautiful task? 😛).
These are just a few examples of different situations that may arise for which you need to make the right decisions that fit the problem to be solved. How is it achieved? With knowledge, constantly updating yourself and being self-taught.
That is why I want to give you some incredible tools that have helped me over time, to be informed of what is happening around.
This beautiful tool allows you to centralize articles from various platforms (Medium, Hasnode, DEV, etc), in one place. It is an extension that you can integrate into Internet Explorer, FireFox or Chrome. Every time you open a tab, a series of quite interesting articles will appear that you have previously filtered according to your interests when installing the extension. What I love the most about it is the simple fact that when you open a tab you can browse any variety of articles, definitely is one of the tools that I use the most in my day to day, one of the cons I see is that you can get distracted easily, but we know that acquiring knowledge is not a sin 😏.
Something essential for any developer is to be able to view the repositories that are in trend, here you can have that information, and even filter by language. Usually I like to review this tool weekly, 80% of the cases I am surprised by a library that I never heard of and it solves many problems for me or that can attach perfectly with the project needs that i’m working on.
Surely many have heard about this tool. It allows you to visualize the technological products that are in trend. In fact, many of the tools that I have used, I got them from this application. You can also subscribe via email and be informed weekly of the news that appears.
Although these tools do not fit with the day-to-day (For example, developer surveys such as StackOverflow are annual), it is of great importance to dedicate moments of the year to review these types of metrics (languages, libraries, salaries, topics, among others) and be surprised with the results.
Finally, nothing more nor less than a platform to discover events, webinars, conferences, meetups, and classes that you could attend virtually or in person. Subscribe to the topics that interest you and you will surely receive a conference or two that you find attractive.
One of the experiences that I have learned throughout the career and that has marked me the most, is that you never have to stay only with the knowledge that the project, university, training, etc. gives you.
Always do more research, take a look on new technologies, discover new releases that will come out in the future, and ask yourself if you can integrate some of these things into the project you are currently working on. I’m pretty sure that your team will be happy to hear about new stuff to implement in their daily workflow 😉.
Knowledge is power
Do you implement other tech tool to boost up your knowledge? Let us know in the comments section!
Thanks for reading my article! I hope you have found some of these tools useful and that you can integrate them into your routine. Soon I will be actively posting on various tech topics.