11 software development tools that will make you more productive

In the fast and changing world of software development, it is important to stay up to date with all the new developments. There are many options to choose from when it comes to deciding which software development tools to use to optimize the performance of daily tasks, and to develop software that works efficiently. A good develope softwarer need the best development tools, they will make your life much easier!

The software development industry is constantly evolving to keep pace with the demand for products that the market needs. To achieve this, new languages, frameworks, libraries and tools are constantly launched. Some of them are gaining maturity and popularity among developers and others are just a flash in the pan.

As a developer, you'll write, test, deploy, and document code, communicate with your team, and track project progress. For each of the mentioned processes there are many tools available on the market. In this article we have made an effort to select the 11 most popular. The ones that are widely used by professional software development teams and the ones we use at Ubiqum when we train our students to become professional developers.

1. GitHub

Code created by a developer must be stored, tested, compiled, packaged, and deployed to make it available to customers; This is a repetitive task and by automating it, you save a lot of time and reduce human errors. 

GitHub is the world's leading software development platform. It is a hosting service, a repository, web-based. In simple words, it is like a Google Drive for software projects, where you will find code repositories from a huge number of projects. When uploading your project, you have the option to make it public or private. GitHub is also a great place for collaborative development, where developers can discover, share, and build better software.

At Ubiqum you will learn to use GitHub from day one and each project that a student develops at Ubiqum is stored in their personal Github repository.

2. Go

Git is a version control system (VCS) that allows you to save your work, go back, and forward easily and securely. Git is a free and open source distributed VCS designed to handle everything from small to very large projects quickly and efficiently. What a version control system does is that it saves every change made, allowing others to collaborate, make changes, and contribute to the same project. Additionally, two or more developers could work on the same project/file simultaneously. Git is the most used and widely adopted VCS. At Ubiqum, from day one, we used git to create tasks and request mentor review like any real developer job.

3. IntelliJ IDEA

Intellij is an integrated development environment. An IDE integrates all the tools you need to develop an application, a code editor, a compiler, a debugger, etc. 

An integrated development environment (IDE) allows you to write code, and also provides you with tools to perform various tasks that a text editor cannot, such as debugging and testing code, running a terminal, creating automations, adding libraries, to name a few. IntelliJ is a proprietary IDE developed by JetBrains, it has a community version (very complete) and an enterprise edition with more features. When we develop with Java at Ubiqum, we use IntelliJ to create, debug, and test the code you write

4. ESLint

ESLint is a static code analysis tool. While developing code, errors are part of the process, linters are here to help us detect, suggest a solution and even resolve some of the errors that may exist in our code. For each language there are many options. ESLint is the most popular linter for JavaScript. At Ubiqum we configure ESLint in all projects so that our students generate their code following best practices

5. Atom

As a software developer, you will be writing code so you will need a text editor. There are tons of text editors on the market, but for simplicity and functionality, we recommend Atom. It is a text editor created by GitHub. An open source code full of integrations to make your life, writing code, much easier. Ubiqum's methodology gives you the opportunity to start coding from day one, so Atom will be one of the first tools you install and use when you enroll in our programs.

6. Terminator

Terminator is a terminal emulator. Use git commands (and more), install packages, run your application, and verify your network. These are some of the activities carried out in a terminal. Each operating system has its own terminal installed, but there are always more options, Terminator is one of them. It allows you to open multiple sessions in a single window and customize each one. For the sake of simplicity, our students use their operating system's native terminal. Once they gain experience and require deeper use of a terminal, they will begin to use an emulator with more features, for example Terminator.

7. Slack

All code is written by a community (team) of developers, almost no one creates a productive and robust application for the market, individually. Development teams that follow an agile methodology will have a maximum of 10 people, it should not be a problem to communicate between the team, but 10 people working at the same time on a complex project needs good coordination.

Slack is where the work flows. It's where people, shared information, and tools come together to make things work. Slack is an amazing app that all Ubiqum team members and students use to communicate. Slack really helps reduce the number of daily emails, as well as increasing interaction and communication between different teams. 

In Slack we create different channels and we always have a common one, where we share company news, jokes, etc. Slack helps you stay focused as each channel has its own topic; You always know where to find the information you need and where to ask a question on a particular topic and receive an answer instantly. Additionally, you have a chat option that you can use to speak directly with each team member in real time and across channels. If this wasn't enough, there's also a drag and drop feature that's really nice to use, a feature that lets you share all kinds of files and add comments to them, or even tag people. 

8. asana

The ultimate goal of software developers is to deliver application code ready to go into production; To achieve this there will be small iterations (sprints) to divide the large tasks (epics) into smaller ones (stories) and obtain a part of the final product. In order to handle this complexity in a structured way, there is a list of all tasks (product backlog) and a smaller one (sprint backlog) for the current iteration.

Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work. It is a task management tool that allows teams to share, plan, organize, prioritize and track the progress of the tasks each member is working on. It's simple, easy to use and free for up to 10 users on one computer. Each team can create its workplace, which will have projects and project tasks; Each task can have notes, comments, attachments, and tags. At Ubiqum we use it to track all our tasks in the operations and marketing area.

9. Postman

Once a developer starts creating or consuming APIs, they need a tool to execute their HTTP requests and interact with the backend quickly and without the need for large implementations. Postman allows you to create, test, debug, document, monitor and publish APIs in a simple and fast way. Our Ubiqum students learn how to use Postman while developing their own APIs.

10. Google Docs

Google Docs: This is an important part of delivering quality and sustainable code, architecture documentation, environment configuration, service description, API usage, etc. All this information must be generated and stored in some repository, Google docs is one of the most popular solutions to store documentation and be the collaborative environment where the team will find all the information, from meeting minutes to the architectural design and the product route. Our documents are stored in Google Cloud and it is our collaborative environment to create and maintain all the presentations that students receive during their bootcamp.

11. Stack Overflow

And last but not least, we want to mention Stack Overflow. It may not be a tool in the same sense as the previous ones, but it is the largest online community for programmers. It is visited by more than 50 million developers every month. This is a place where our students, and the entire programming community, learn, share knowledge and advance their careers. Our developers love this forum and visit it almost every day as they can find answers to almost every question and concern you may have.

We use these tools from day one in our Intensive Web Development Courses.

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