The past few days I've been struck with this lucky feeling.
As I scroll through my Twitter feed, I realise I'm following some amazing people who are brilliant at tech. And thanks to Twitter, I have access to all these great minds in one place! As they share their insights and links to articles, I get to read it all and learn from it.
Over on Slack, some local developers had the great idea to set up a group for local tech people to join. The early days in a startup can be difficult because the team is small, sometimes you need someone else in a similar position to yourself to bounce ideas off. Today I wanted someone to look at my plan for how I'm intending to structure our live Azure environment to make sure I wasn't doing anything crazy. A quick plea in the local tech Slack channel and less than an hour later, a complete stranger had offered their help and then spent almost an hour talking to me.
In all of these cases, the people are the most important part because without them the tools wouldn't be of as much use. However having access to these tools makes these connections infinitely easier.
Developers often joke that they couldn't do their job without Google, but I think that list is definitely starting to grow.
What tools do you use on a daily basis that you wouldn't want to be without? Do they make your job easier or more enjoyable? Do they make you better at what you do? Are there any particular people you follow that you find inspirational?