The Best 39 Development Tools
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In this article, we will review 39 of the best software development and programming tools, ranging from web development and interactive development to rapid application development.
Jira is one of the best software management tools by Atlassian. It is a flexible issue tracking tool that helps teams plan, manage, and report on their work and the whole software development process.
- Different versions of Jira available depending on usage: Jira Core, Jira Software, and Jira Service Desk.
- Ability to plan agile work from project backlog to sprints.
- Ability to estimate time for issues.
- Flexibility to bring information from version control tools.
- Reports — pie charts, burndown charts, burnup charts, and more.
- Automate tasks and processes.
- Easy task tracking.
- Fully customizable Kanban and Scrum boards.
- Extensions to use applications like Outlook for sending mails.
- Unsatisfactory mobile application.
- Complex migration and integration from other ALM (application lifecycle management) systems.
- Limited file size upload.
- Graphical reports in Jira cannot be downloaded as images. Using other methods alters the resolution of the images.
Codegiant is a very powerful and, at the same time, a simple, agile project development tool. It has a clear and neat user interface, and it offers a wide variety of features to help you handle your projects from A to Z.
- Kanban and Scrum dashboards.
- Functionality for tags, mentions, and comments.
- Performance tracker.
- Documentation editor.
- Time tracking and estimates.
- Easy to get on board.
- One-click import for Jira.
- Hosted git repositories.
- Customer support could be better.
- Integrations could use some work.
Monday is a cloud-based Work Operating System(WOS) that provides a simplified way to run projects and workflows while creating a more transparent work culture.
- Team management tool.
- Allows visual planning, progress tracking, and advanced weekly view across multiple projects.
- Conversations, files, briefs, checklists, and spreadsheets in one place.
- Used as CRM software to track sales contacts through the pipeline.
- It can be integrated with popular apps and services such as Dropbox, Excel, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Slack, and Trello.
- Can customize dashboards to display required workflow information.
- Informs users when tasks are completed.
- Easy navigation and project creation.
- You gotta pay more to get more functionality.
- Steep learning curve.
- More plan diversity and options for small scale businesses is required.
- Inability to upload spreadsheets on dashboards.
GitHub is a project management and a code version control system. It is the social network platform for developers.
- Provides codespace to code, build, test, debug and deploy.
- Link issues and pull requests to track project updates.
- Review and collaborate on open source and private projects.
- Git makes it fast and easy to develop projects in versions/branches. You can roll back to previous versions easily.
- Easy collaboration with multiple team members makes merging easy.
- Easy to identify contributors as all are tracked.
- A bit harder to push unresolved merge conflicts.
- Be careful with merge operations; bad merge can be painful to reverse.
- Hard to migrate repositories to other services.
Bitbucket is a Git repository management solution. It gives a central place to manage git repositories and collaborate on code.
- Code access control.
- Pull requests with in-line commenting for collaboration on code review.
- File storage services, tracking of issues, Wikis, integrations, and add-ons.
- JIRA integration for full development traceability.
- Unlimited private and free repositories for teachers and students.
- Faster and powerful search mechanism.
- Comes with an easy-to-use integration for Trello.
- The dev community is smaller compared to GitHub’s.
- A bit rough code management UI.
- Does not have simplified PR management tools as other competitors.
Jenkins is an open-source automation tool for providing continuous integration and delivery environments for any combination of languages and source code repositories.
- Self-contained, platform-agnostic, Java-based program, ready to run with packages for multiple popular operating systems.
- Multiple plugins available to help you integrate other tools in the CI/CD toolchain.
- Distributes work across multiple machines for faster builds, tests, and deployments.
- Community support.
- Flexible for creating jobs in freestyle or pipeline.
- Support cluster to increase build performance.
- Lack of authorization rule as separate users or groups cannot be assigned to separate views or jobs.
- It can be difficult to configure.
- Not cloud-based.
- No analytics on the end-to-end deployment cycle.
Trello is a collaboration tool. In one look, it gives you a variety of information like the status of your tasks, your teammates’ responsibilities, and it also tracks your project’s progress.
- Detailed & Quick Overviews of Front/Back Cards.
- File Attachment provided.
- Provides Deadline Alerts and Notifications.
- Automated Email Notifications.
- Individual/Group Task Assignment.
- Ability to collaborate.
- Progress meter checklist.
- Easy to use with Drag-and-Drop.
- Easy for uploads (Local Devices, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box).
- Easy Organization with Labeling, Tags, and Comments.
- Less complex pricing structure.
- Lower storage limit.
- No calendar integration.
- No Gantt charts to visualize the project in landscape mode.
- Clunky manual setup.
Asana is a project and task management software platform for teams. Much like other PM systems, it allows you to plan, share, and organize your work.
- It provides a timeline feature to display all work slots together and link all due dates, tasks, and team members.
- It provides a portfolio to keep track of all projects and teams in one place.
- A wide range of workflow templates to address specific use cases that anybody can use.
- Each task can be assigned to an individual team member with a due date.
- Offers a broad range of integrations with third-party services such as Slack, Google Calendar, and Gmail.
- You can make teams and projects private to create a safe space for sensitive work.
- The user interface is easy to navigate through.
- It is versatile as it allows various layouts to accommodate a multitude of programs and projects.
- Team members can receive real-time updates for task completion.
- Limited functions in the mobile app.
- Email notifications may get confusing.
- Inability to merge calendars.
TestRail is a web-based test management solution used by testers, developers, and other stakeholders to manage, track, and organize software testing.
It follows a centralized test management concept that empowers easy communication and rapid task development across the QA team and other stakeholders.
- Manage test cases, runs, and plans.
- Start the test runs and capture their results.
- Push bug reports to Jira and link the Jira issue IDs.
- Track test results, activity, and progress.
- Equipped with a powerful array of integrations and testing tools.
- A simple and easy user interface that provides teams with a fast and intuitive web experience.
- Utilize issue trackers like Bug-tracker or FogBugz to report bugs or issues obtained from monitoring each test case’s functionality and usability.
- Automatically run test cases of any complexity.
- Support the management of comprehensive test cases.
- Automated tests and manual test cases are difficult to keep in sync.
- Manual test cases and automated tests need to be designed and implemented.
Rollbar helps developers deploy better software by helping you identify, prioritize, and help resolve code errors.
- It provides error tracking that completes feedback loops to detect errors as soon as new code is deployed.
- Deployment integrations: make it easier to guess which deployment introduced the bug.
- Proactive customer support: notifies you of any unnoticeable errors.
- Easy setup.
- Very advanced querying capabilities.
- The telemetry feature is quite powerful.
- Integration with slack with a native experience.
- Integration with Git.
- Limited capabilities for filtering slack notifications.
- Automatic grouping doesn’t work so well.
- Front-end error tracking can get noisy as it also detects errors provoked by browser extensions, bots, and non-supported browsers.
Figma is a cloud-based design tool with real-time collaboration for digital projects. It supports the entire design process from end to end. It provides you all the tools you may need for the project’s design phase, which includes vector tools capable of fully-fledged illustration, along with prototyping capabilities and code generation.
- A pretty modern pen tool that lets you draw freely.
- Automated tasks via plugins for repeated elements.
- Auto adjustments for spacing, arrangement, and organizing.
- Drag and drop accessible libraries.
- Smart animation to connect objects and transitions.
- Embedded commenting.
- Easy export feature with a live link.
- From design to prototype, you get one platform for everything.
- Edit together with teams in real-time in shared design spaces.
- Quick and easy file sharing.
- No Timestamp feature to track iterations.
- Global colors are absent.
- Search is not available within local components.
- A decent graphic card and the right amount of RAM is needed for this program to run properly.
Confluence is a team collaboration software or application that allows teams to work together and share updates & information effectively. It is a knowledge base or wiki that stores and organizes all of the different projects’ information assets.
- Provides real-time editing and publishing updates that highlight changes, tracked with version history.
- Allows in-line and page comments, likes, and visual elements such as images, GIFs, and emojis.
- Gives alerts when a user is tagged or assigned to a task. Everyone stays in the loop.
- Provides full-text searching of all content, including pages, comments, and space descriptions.
- Pages or spaces can be imported from plain text files, or exported to PDF or HTML.
- Track and share project status easily.
- Automatic daily backup feature.
- Collaborative editing options.
- Updates on the latest documentation.
- Not a free application, but it has a free trial.
- Users can’t see real-time edits made by other users until the page is refreshed.
Keka is a Human Resource Management Software(HRMS) that solves issues such as attendance management, automated payroll processing, and talent management.
- Employee Database.
- Performance Management.
- Employee Profiles.
- Payroll Management.
- Recruitment Management.
- Time & Attendance Management.
- Compensation Management.
- Self Service Portal.
- Leave Management.
- Employee Finances.
- Loans and Bonuses.
- Streamlines the workflow while enabling your team to turn tedious tasks into more simple ones.
- Equipped with a customizable, complete payroll system.
- Supports modern applicant tracking systems that empower HR to find the right talent.
- Provides functionalities such as reviews, continuous feedback, and goal management.
- Difficult to navigate through the payroll information.
- Customer service isn’t as good as it needs to be.
Localise.biz (aka Loco) is an online translation management service.
- Allows managing statuses for assets.
- Offers both free and paid subscriptions according to the needs and the size of the project.
- Import and export translations in a variety of different file formats.
- Tools for tracking progress and assigning tasks to other team members.
- Built-in WordPress translation editor.
- Allows for direct creation of language translation files into your theme or plugin.
- Filtering translations based on their status simplifies the work.
- The dashboard offers a convenient user interface for translating texts.
- Offers localization tools for extracting strings and generating templates.
- You’ll have to upgrade to the paid version if you want better functionalities.
Mixpanel is an analytic and user-behavior-centric platform for both web and mobile users. It offers analytics on user interaction online products. Mixpanel is basically an event-based tracking tool that helps with increasing user engagement and conversions.
- Focuses on users’ website actions.
- A simple and easy to use interface that makes it easy to understand how people engage with your app.
- Robust event-based analytics.
- It has flexible plans that work for smaller startups as well.
- Customer support responds slowly.
- A steep learning curve.
- The platform security is not that great and needs some work.
- It cannot integrate with other data sources that well.
Postman is a platform for interacting with HTTP APIs. It provides a friendly UI for constructing requests and reading responses. It works on the back-end and helps developers make sure that their APIs are working as intended. It is regarded as one of the best tools for web developers for the purpose of API testing requirements.
- Scalable API testing tool.
- Streamlines the process of API testing.
- Helps in releasing reliable services by building API before deploying code.
- It helps in exploring APIs by sending different kinds of data.
- Create collections for API calls.
- Improves the testing time and quality of the project.
- It helps in the early detection of bugs that might cause much more damage to the system later.
- Reduces time to production by eliminating dependencies between front-end and back-end teams by having them work in parallel.
- Automates manual tests and integrates them into the CI/CD pipeline.
- The number of requests is limited in the enterprise version.
- It is a difficult task to move a folder from one collection to another.
Embold is a general-purpose static code analyzer that helps developers analyze and improve their code by surfacing issues across four dimensions, including design and duplication. The platform can immediately prioritize issues, suggest solutions, and re-factor software where necessary.
- Analyze, diagnose, transform, and sustain the software efficiently.
- Provides re-factoring support and debug before deployment.
- Finds critical code issues before they become roadblocks.
- Integrates seamlessly with GitHub, Bitbucket, and Azure.
- Provides the functionality of automated pull request reviews.
- Uncovers hard-to-detect anti-patterns.
- Makes code maintainable and less error-prone.
- You can run it within the current Dev-Ops stack, on-premise or in the cloud privately or publicly.
- Design issues are not recognizable for some languages like C/C++, C#, Objective C, and Java.
Phalcon is a PHP programming language framework. It is based on the Module View Controller (MVC) pattern, and it is also open source. It i
- Implements ORM in the C-programming language.
- Loosely coupled framework.
- It allows users to build projects with a directory structure as per the application requirement.
- Optimized for high performance.
- The framework is always memory resident.
- Less code is required for task implementation.
- Provides equal support for the non-relational and relational databases.
- Requires good programming skills.
- Debugging requires knowledge of C.
Datadog is a monitoring platform for cloud applications. It brings together data from servers, containers, databases, and third-party services to make your stack entirely observable. These capabilities help DevOps teams avoid downtime, resolve performance issues, and ensure customers are getting the best user experience.
- Provides visibility on application performance for enterprises.
- It allows users to create effective strategies to improve their services, apps, and tools.
- Provides team collaboration tools.
- Provides alert notifications.
- Presents real-time dashboards with mix-and-match events and metrics from linked services, containers, hosts, and apps.
- It allows seamless workflow regardless of the platform, geographical positions, and language by pre-integrating with third-party apps.
- Can trace requests automatically across several frameworks and libraries.
- It has an easy-to-use search tool.
- Offers an integrated view of the services and programs.
- Limited reports and analytics.
- A good amount of work needed upfront to install and configure across your entire application or software stack.
- Steep learning curve.
Forticlient is an important part of Fortinet Security Fabric. It connects endpoints with Security Fabric and delivers endpoint compliance control, visibility, automation, and vulnerability management.
- It can be used as a VPN Client, AV client, and host of vulnerability scanners.
- Integrated firewall, VPN, and vulnerability detection.
- Identify and remediate vulnerable or compromised hosts across your attack surface.
- Real-time protection against malicious websites and malware.
- It is easy to set up on Windows 10.
- Provides secure remote access with built-in VPN, single-sign-on, and two-factor authentication for added security.
- It works on Windows and Mac, but there’s no Linux version.
- No alerts show up when issues are detected.
- No automatic update feature.
NetBeans is the official IDE for java8. It provides tools and features for PHP, C, C++ languages, and HTML as well. It is also a neat web development and open-source software because of its simple UI and debugging features.
- Excellent support for JAVA technologies.
- Cross-platform support; it works for all major OS.
- Easy project management with different views from multiple project windows.
- Support for versioning tools like Git and SVN.
- Neat and simple UI.
- Helps in writing bug-free code.
- Good for beginners.
- Great support from the community.
- One of the best web dev tools.
- No support for modeling.
- It’s heavier in size compared to other IDEs.
- It takes a lot of time to load, especially when multiple projects are open.
Atom is a free, open-source computer programming software. It is developed by GitHub and written using web dev technologies like NodeJS.
- Cross-platform compatibility and support.
- Simple and easy to use.
- Support for multiple languages.
- Comes with a built-in package manager.
- Direct integration of git and GitHub.
- Find, replace, preview texts in single file, multiple files, or across all projects.
- We can split the interface into multiple panels, which helps in comparing codes and editing files.
- Very flexible and smart autocomplete.
- Real-time collaboration to work and edit code together in teams.
- No option to run code directly.
- Slows down the PC if too many packages are installed.
- Lags a bit when connected to the server.
It is an IDE(Integrated Development Environment) for software development written in Java. It is certainly one of the top developer apps because of its rich set of coding tools and features. It is developed and maintained by JetBrains.
- Multiple language support.
- Integrated Version Control.
- Smart auto and chain completion.
- Intelligent text editor for Java, HTML and CSS.
- Debugging and deployment tools for most application servers.
- Test Runner UI.
- Code Coverage.
- Cross-language re-factoring.
- A lot of available plugins.
- There’s a steep learning curve that can be overwhelming.
- Heavy size installation and slow start.
- The ultimate version is priced at $500/year; it can be more expensive than other similar solutions.
It is a comprehensive IDE developed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a collection of various services and helps develop many kinds of applications, including computer software, websites, web apps, web services, cloud applications, mobile apps, etc. Many developers consider this tool as one of the best web design tools as it has everything that a code editor should have with some additional and useful features.
- Support for many languages, frameworks, and technologies.
- Integration with version control systems.
- Ability to organize and structure large or enterprise-level software.
- Rich toolbox for interface design.
- Great collaboration support with live debugging and code editing.
- Tools for manual, performance, and automated testing.
- Excellent integration with the Azure apps.
- Great online community support.
- Uses a lot of memory and resources.
- Licensing is costly.
- There’s a steep learning curve.
- Might lag at times.
It is a free and open-source IDE that is very popular amongst JAVA developers. It also provides support for other languages like C, C++, PHP, etc. It is developed and maintained by the eclipse foundation.
- Multi-Language support.
- Integration with SVN and Git.
- Integration with Maven.
- Smart autocomplete and re-factoring.
- Automatic error reporting.
- Error debugging.
- A large number of plugins available from the marketplace makes it one of the best Java development tools.
- Great community support.
- Fast Startup time and performance compared to other IDEs.
- JUnit integration.
- Excellent options for JEE projects.
- The Project Explorer is not that good.
- No theme customization.
- The UI has an outdated look.
It is a code editor written in C++ and python and developed and maintained by Sublime HQ. It is one of the top python development tools preferred by the python developers worldwide. It has a free trial.
- Cross-platform support.
- Multiple languages are supported.
- Color-coordinated highlights.
- Project-specific preferences.
- Very lightweight and fast.
- Great level of customization through the JSON settings file.
- A good number of plugins available.
- Split editing.
- It’s stacked with blurbs prompting you to buy the paid version.
- A steep learning curve.
- No print option.
- Only one single console is available.
Linx is a tool from the category of modern software development tools that helps users create, integrate, and automate business applications. It is used by a large number of IT personnel to automate routine tasks and handle high workloads.
- Easy to use with drag and drop.
- Instant setup with a one-step installation.
- Build back-end processes and web services, and host them.
- Live debugging.
- Thousands of drag and drop programming functions for rapid application development.
- Automate back-end processes via various ways like directory events, timers, and message queues or expose web services, and call APIs via HTTP requests.
- Supported for Windows OS only.
- Fewer tutorials and community help.
- Have to pay to use the most wanted features.
Cloud9 is a cloud-based software dev tool. It is developed and maintained by Amazon AWS.
- Code from anywhere.
- Multi-language support.
- Smart code completion and suggestions.
- Clone entire development environments.
- Built-in Terminal for a command-line wizard.
- Unlike other IDEs, it has a good debugger for JS/Node.js.
- Real-time code collaboration.
- Create multiple split views by simply dragging a file.
- Easy to use interface.
- It runs slow for larger projects.
- Not as many plugins and extensions.
- Built-in integration with Git and SVN.
- It’s easy to use.
- Syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS and PHP.
- Multiple themes.
- Work with files over FTP/SFTP.
- Faster than compared to other IDEs.
- Available only on Windows.
- No integration for test libraries like PHPUnit.
- Version control integration is not up to the mark.
Zend Studio is a comprehensive IDE for PHP, and it’s considered one of the best PHP dev tools. It is a next-generation IDE for PHP, which allows developers to boost their productivity through various features.
- Intelligent code editor which provides smart code completion, intuitive code assist, re-factoring, and real-time error validation and analysis.
- Installation as an Eclipse plugin.
- Multiple PHP frameworks are supported.
- Tools for API integration.
- Built-in tools for PHP unit testing.
- Deploy PHP applications on any server for Azure and AWS.
- Support for development tools like Docker and Git Flow.
- Costlier than other alternatives.
- Heavy sized software.
- Slow runtime performance compared to others.
- Cross-platform support.
- Code highlighting for all the supported languages.
- Simplifies the web development process.
- Advanced autocomplete option for PHP.
- The inspector makes it very simple to find HTML elements.
- Support for many software development frameworks and CMS like AngularJS, WordPress, and Joomla.
- The UI is a bit outdated.
- The free version is quite limited in features.
- A bit slow for larger projects.
CodeCharge Studio is a rapid application development tool and an IDE for creating database-driven web applications. It is a templating engine and code generator for web developers. It helps the designers and programmers to work cohesively in a web design app by separating the presentation layer from the coding layer.
- You can convert any database into a web application quickly.
- Visual IDE and code generator.
- Print data in detailed and grouped formats, with automatically calculated fields.
- Master templates for pages and panels.
- Pre-built solutions.
- Built-in full-page design templates.
- Good options for database operations like data dictionary, visual query builder, and security management.
- The price is a little too high.
- It only runs on windows.
- The UI is outdated.
Zoho Creator is a low-code platform that provides rapid application development and delivery of mobile and web applications. It helps with building powerful enterprise software applications faster. Users do not need to write thousands of code lines; they can just create one visually with the help of visual dev programs inside the software.
- Build applications visually.
- Automate routine tasks.
- Host the application anywhere you want.
- Centralized access control.
- Collaborate across teams.
- Critical features like Artificial Intelligence help in tasks such as language detection.
- Launch native multi-device applications without re-coding.
- Create insightful reports.
- Integrate all applications.
- Limited GUI customizations.
- A non-programmer may not fully understand the capabilities of Zoho Creator because it has its own scripting language.
Adobe Dreamweaver is from the category of modern software design tools for web development. It is an IDE that helps with creating beautiful responsive websites quickly and easily. It is developed by Macromedia and maintained by Adobe (Adobe bought Macromedia).
- Preview sites and edit in real-time from any device.
- Supports many markup languages like CSS, XML, HTML.
- Multi-monitor support.
- Git Integration.
- Plenty of plugin templates.
- Advanced features like syntax highlighting and code completion.
- Create dynamic pages and sites by connecting to the database.
- Code validation and accessibility checks.
- It is pretty costly.
- Steep learning curve.
- Bulky and complicated code in dynamic sites.
Axure is a software that creates prototypes and specifications for websites and applications. It is one of the best prototyping tools for enterprise UX designers and digital design teams.
- Create diagrams, customer journeys, and wireframes.
- Make rich, functional prototypes with dynamic content, conditional logic, and adaptive views.
- Inspect layout, get CSS snippets, and download assets.
- Create and maintain widget libraries.
- Integration with other services like Figma, Adobe XD etc.
- Quickly convert the static images into interactive prototypes with Axure Cloud.
- It boasts various integrations.
- Steep learning curve.
- The user interface lacks intuitiveness and modernization.
- It’s somewhat cumbersome to use as it doesn’t have many key shortcuts.
Quixy is an easy-to-use, visual, no-code platform that allows you to build complex custom enterprise software. Many companies use it for automating tasks & processes, and building applications without writing any code. It’s among the best front end development tools that requires little or no coding expertise.
- Build a user interface with drag and drop.
- Model, automate, monitor, and optimize business processes.
- Simulator to test what is built.
- It can be used from any browser, Android or iOS app.
- It is a no-code platform, so anyone can use it without any programming knowledge.
- Ready to use templates and components.
- Document generator.
- Excellent support from the customer team.
- Online documentation tools lack clarity and in-depth coverage of features.
- Costly when compared to other alternatives.
- Certain dashboard features like charts and graphs need improvement.
Azure is a cloud computing service. It is used by many industries across the globe for designing, deploying, testing, and managing web applications or hybrid cloud applications.
- Multiple operating systems are supported.
- Offers services like mobile, storage, data management, messaging, media services, CDN, caching, virtual network, business analytics, migrate apps & infrastructure, etc.
- Multiple programming languages are supported.
- Very useful software for training and deploying machine learning models.
- Hybrid and cross-cloud infrastructure.
- Good security with detection and mitigation of threats.
- The UI feels a bit complicated.
- There’s a bit of a learning curve.
- It’s a bit costly, even for smaller projects.
AWS is a cloud-computing platform that provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings. It offers a free tier usage with limited resources and features for customers to try AWS for free.
- Host dynamic websites on the cloud.
- Computing power, database storage, content delivery.
- Comprehensive security capabilities.
- Multiple languages are supported.
- Excellent tools for machine learning and artificial intelligence.
- Good online tutorials and documentation.
- Highly reliable and fault-tolerant.
- Very scalable with few clicks upgrade and downgrade.
- Due to the large number of services offered, it can be confusing for beginners.
- It can create a huge pile of bills if not managed and monitored properly.
- The initial setup is time-consuming.
CodeEnvy is an online cloud-based IDE built on Eclipse Che. It provides one-click developer environments, team onboarding, collaboration, and a workspace platform for DevOps.
- Develop with any IDE.
- Agile driven.
- Integration with version control.
- Modern user interface design.
- Cross-platform support.
- Collaborate with teams easily.
- Customer service is very quick and responsive.
- Share complex dev environments with a single click.
- Not that good for large projects.
- It takes a while to load projects.
- Not many keyboard shortcuts.
The motive of this article was to provide a quick insight for some of the best development tools out there, to help you decide which one is best fitted for you.
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