12 Best Tools for Software Developers

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12 Best Tools for Software Developers

Whether you're new to software development or are a veteran, you need to have the right tools if you're striving to become a better software developer.

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There's no arguing that experience is what makes great software developer. However, there are tools that can help you in the pursuit of becoming better at what you do. Whether you're new to software development or are already a veteran, you need to have the right tools if you're striving to become a better software developer. 

There are tons of tools well-suited for developers, and selecting the best can be a challenge. Here is a curated list of tools organized by different categories. Let me know what your favorites are in the comments.

Source Control

1. GitHub. Unless you're completely new to software development, you're probably already familiar with GitHub. It is a web-based Git repository hosting service that allows developers to review code, manage projects, and build software.
GitHub is the largest and most popular code repository in the world. Software developers love it for its intuitive interface and various features added features.
The pricing model of GitHub is very flexible, so public repositories can be hosted for free and you can pay for private ones with a monthly fee.

2. Bitbucket. A strong contender to GitHub, Bitbucket is a web-based hosting service for repositories using the Git version control system. What's Bitbucket's edge? Well, it plays well with other Atlassian products, such as JIRA, facilitating easy collaboration for software development teams. Bitbucket is available both as a Cloud version and as an on-premise version, Bitbucket Server.

3. CloudForge. CloudForge is a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service product for application development tools and services such as Git hosting, Subversion hosting, issue trackers, and application lifecycle management. Providing a wide choice of tools, it is primarily a tool for enterprise companies. Some of the customers listed on their website include Zuora, Sears, and The Weather Channel, for example.

Project Management and Issue-Tracking

4. JIRA. Proably the most popular development planning tool, JIRA is a great tool for project and issue tracking, ideal for Agile software teams. While it is a beast of a product, having tons of functionality, it works very well out-of-the-box and is generally easy to use. Some of the highlights of JIRA include customizable Scrum and Kanban boards.

5. Trello. Similarly to JIRA, Trello is great for project management. Trello boards are ideal for Kanban and Scrum fans, being easy to manage with tons of customizability. While not built specifically as a tool for developers, Trello can definitely get the job done. And on the plus side, Trello is definitely sleek, with a simple and visually pleasing appeal. 

6. Toggl. Slightly different from the two above, Toggl is a nice time-tracking tool for software developers. Tracking time with Toggl is effortless; it gives you an overview of where your time really goes! It is simple, is easy to use, and integrates with tons of tools, including the two listed above.

IDE (Integrated Development Environment)

7. Atom. This is a solid "hackable" text-editor. Atom is completely free and open-source, and it can be customized to a great extent. Atom even includes a smart and flexible autocomplete feature, making coding even faster. You can also share your workspace and edit code together in real time.

8. Xcode. Xcode is an integrated development environment for macOS, containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple (for developing software for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS). It is undeniably simple to use, and especially welcoming to beginners, as it features visual settings and drag-and-drop options if you're developing only the front-end user interface. Xcode is also smart in how it can also prevent errors and mistakes.

9. Microsoft Visual Studio. Microsoft Visual Studio is a collection of services, including the Visual Studio IDE (a fully featured integrated development environment for Android, iOS, macOS, web, and cloud). It is quick and easy to plan, build, and ship software across a variety of platforms with the Visual Studio.

Skill Development

10. CodeWars. CodeWars is an educational community offering real programming challenges to improve your skills, strengthen, and expand on your programming fundamentals. CodeWars features hundreds, if not thousands, of programming challenges, graded by difficulty and across various languages. So, CodeWars is also great for increasing your familiarity with programming languages that you don’t have a lot of experience with. There are other similar sites out there, but what makes CodeWars stand out is how you can see the highest-rated solutions after you’ve submitted your own. In this way, you can also learn from others, from these top-ranked solutions.

11. Code Climate. Code Climate is an automated code analysis tool. While it's a paid product, you can try it out for free for a two-week trial, and even this can give you great feedback on your code. Code Climate grades your test coverage, complexity, duplication, style, security, and more. 

12. Code Signal. Code Signal is a skills-based assessment platform that helps both developers and employers. For developers, Code Signal offers interview practice so that you can solve real interview questions and master key computer science topics. 


Software development would be a pain without the tools above. From managing and analyzing projects to issue tracking and skill development, these tools have you covered. For further resources, see the recommendations below.

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  3. If you'd like to be a better communicator, check out this guide to 4 four ways developers can improve their communication skills.

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