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What tools are in your toolbox?

lemuelogbunude profile image Lemuel Ogbunude Updated on ・5 min read

What tools do you use? Apart from programming languages, the next set of items in our toolbox are usually productivity tools, stuff that helps us get things done quickly, with fewer errors.

I am going to share a list of tools I use, I got to know about some of them through either a friend or probably an article I read. So the purpose of this article is to get the information to others who might not know about some of these tools.

This isn't an exhaustive list, so feel free to mention some of those you use also, I would love to know 😉.

Git

Git

You probably are using Git for your version control, I strongly advise you to check it out if you have not used it before.
You probably might be copying and pasting your code in location and tagging them with dates, to be honest, I did this before I started using Git 🙄.

When you are comfortable with Git you could go on to check out GitHub where you can host your code. There are other alternatives to GitHub (in case you're wary of Microsoft 😅) such as GitLab.

Git Kraken

Git

After using Git for some while you might need a tool to help you visualize your Git commits and help you perform your Git operations in a more user-friendly way. There are different Git clients which are really great, one of which is GitKraken. If your aim is to become more productive, check out GitKraken :).

Visual Studio Code

Git

I guess there are a lot of "VS code advocates" reading this, the funny truth is that I was not really a fan of VS code. Haha, Hold on! Don't close the browser yet! The story has a good ending :)

It's not that I didn't like VS code, I just didn't see anything special. Well, that was until one of my friends properly introduced it to me. I have added VS code to me toolbox ever since.

I use Android Studio for my work, so I don't really need VS code, but it is so good that I had to add it as part of my work tools. I really appreciate those who put an effort into making great extensions for VS code.

Fabric

Git

Fabric is a platform that helps your mobile team build better apps, understand your users, and grow your business. I use it primarily as a crash reporting tool.

With Fabric you could get powerful, yet lightweight crash reporting so you can fix issues fast, streamline and automate your beta distribution and app deployment process, get insight into your users and what actions they're taking inside your app, uncover behaviours that correlate with healthy and unhealthy users, drive app installs and monitor active users.

In summary, it is awesome!

InstaBug

Bug

There are many crash reporting tools which you can choose from, however, if you want more than just a crash reporting tool InstaBug might be your solution. Users can report bugs and have the ability to chat with you through the app, send feedback and even perform in-app surveys which would help you better understand your users.

RollBar

Git

RollBar, similar to Fabric, helps me resolve errors before my users get affected. From my personal experience, I do really like RollBar, you have the choice of integrating it with the tools you already use. You could also use webhooks and their full-featured REST API to create custom integrations, export data, and more. I use RollBar and I do recommend you to check it out.

Bugsnag

Git
Bugsnag is an alternative to the other error reporting tools I have previously mentioned, with Bugsnag you can for web, mobile, and backend, automatically collect diagnostics and group errors by root cause. You could also assess the impact of each error, track release health, spot regressions and spikes.
In addition to all that, you can see the crashing line of code, dig deep into difficult errors and track progress on fixes.

In summary, it is an awesome error reporting tool.

Codacy

Git
Codacy is awesome, it helps you with automated code reviews and code analytics, if you haven't checked it out before, I also strongly advise you do so 👨‍💻👩‍💻. You can automatically identify new static analysis issues, code coverage, code duplication and code complexity evolution in every commit and pull request. It's awesome and it's good.

Code Climate

Git

Code Climate is another tool you could use for automated code reviews, these kinds of tools help you ship better software, faster.
Code Climate gives you detailed analysis such as the cognitive complexity of your code, code churn, maintainability and similar analysis. It is an awesome and very useful tool.

Circle CI

Git

If you have a team which desires to build things fast, deliver products at record time, you would need a tool to help with fixing issues early and fast. CircleCI is Continuous Integration, a development practice which is being used by software teams allowing them to build, test and deploy applications easier and quicker on multiple platforms.

You could integrate CircleCI with your project on GitHub so that tests are run on every commit, therefore errors are discovered early and easier. There are other continuous integration tools such as Travis CI and Jenkins.

Blender 3D

Git
Yes, I just had to put Blender 3D here in case you wanna check 3D design out, it is free and open source :)

This isn't an exhaustive list like I said, it's just to create awareness of some awesome tools available. Are there some awesome tools you would like to share with the community, mention them in the comments :).

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Discussion

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To make my workday awesome, I cannot lack the following tools:

  • Git, of course, for version control
  • Postman for API testing
  • Using PyCharm for my python code, not Sublime Text or Vim because I like it
  • Robotframework/RIDE to run my test cases
  • Notebook and pen is the best way to manage my schedule And...Spotify to made my workday complete.
 

Nice list!

I would add few of my daily drivers to this list:

Vim

Vim is essential to me, both to quickly edit files and config files and to manipulate large sets of data.

I use pure CLI-vim whenver I'm in a terminal, and IdeaVim with my Jetbrains IDE.

Gitlab

To host my open source projects!

I like to host my open source projects on an open source application, which is why I use it instead of github or bitbucket.

Postman

Postman lets me quickly test API's and perform web requests, which reduces the time spent to find bugs by a lot!

My usual workflow is monitoring the network tab of my browser, finding the one I wish to reproduce, copy it as curl request and import it in postman.

I can then easily change the variables, headers or content to see if it breaks the api or causes a bug somewhere!

It doesn't replace Curl, but it does make a majority of the job easier!

 

Nice one Antony, thanks. At first site, Vim looked daunting to me, but with time the commands get clearer.

 

git
vim
sublime text
vscode (only recently, and it's great but it's missing a few things I've come to love sublime for)
bash (amazing for API testing with curl)
postman
tmux
heavy use of the terminal, which covers most things

 

Hello Lemuel,

My name is Wael, I work with Instabug in the Marketing Department,
And I saw that you spoke of several bug reporting tools and didn’t mention Instabug (instabug.com) which empowers mobile teams to release builds with confidence through comprehensive bug and crash reports, in-app surveys, and real-time user feedback.
I think it would benefit users greatly to be well-informed and up-to-date when it comes to the latest and greatest in the development world, looking forward to hearing what you think.

Thank you

Wael Ali

Growth Marketing Consultant

Instabug Inc.

 
  • zsh
  • git
  • sublime at home, vscode at work (not that I like it...)
  • wakatime (so I can track how productive I'm)
  • clang
  • gcc
  • openocd
  • avrdude
  • picocom or putty if I'm using windows.
 

Thanks, Igor! I didn't know about Wakatime, seems like a good tool :)