My 2019 developer and power user tools

toolbox by vectorolie / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Below a list of tools I use today. If you’re like me, you check them out and add the ones you like to your own toolbox.

Image courtesy of vectorolie / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Productivity

DropBox, file share/sync between computers and the internet
Powershell, the automation solution from microsoft
Microsoft Todo, task list on every platform (replaces Wunderlist)
IFTTT, automate the internet
Pocket, my preferred read later list, available on all platforms
Evernote, remember everything. I use it for my GTD technique called The secret weapon.
1Password, my password is ⌘ + \
Autohotkey, run macro’s on keyboard shortcuts like CTRL+ALT+5 types €

Development

Visual Studio 2017, the best IDE out there
Chrome, best browser today
NuGet, source of all the good in the world
Visual Studio Gallery, extend visual studio
Ghostdoc, CTRL+SHIFT+D to comment your code, that simple
Specflow, cucumber for .net for behavior driven development (BDD)
Just Decompile, see the code of .net assemblies
Fiddler, log http calls via this proxy
Wireshark, deep logging of network traffice
Notepad++, notepad on steroids
Pester, test and mock framework for PowerShell.
Seq, structured logging solution with GUI
SonarQube, we use it to automate our code reviews

Misc

ZoomIt, I use this in all my demos to zoom
Docker Desktop, host applications, just download and run, don’t install
Code Notes, A simple code snippet manager for developers

Mac

Cyberduck, connect to anything
DaisyDisk, see what is hogging your hard disk space
Type2phone, make my mac a Bluetooth keyboard for iPad or AppleTV
Handbrake, convert movies
Little snitch, monitor network traffic coming from your mac
HyperDock, preview windows from the dock
Alfred, spotlight replacement with lots of options
Parallels, the virtualisation solution for mac
Sublime Text, very complete text editor for code
Visual Studio Code, code editor for any platform
Gimp, freeware photo editor with all the bells and whistles you’ll need
Amphetamine, keep your mac awake

iPhone/iPad

Tweetbot, easy twitter client with pocket integration
Spark, handles my e-mail and offers tasks like send to evernote or pocket
Pocket, I do my reading mostly on iPhone or iPad
Duet, use your iPad as an extra screen
Lightningtalktimer, timer app that changes appearance with time passed

Some of the tools cost money, some are free, some offer paid options. If it saves you time or improves your work, why not support the developer that made it possible?

Also see My 2018 developer and power user tools post.

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About erictummers

Working in a DevOps team is the best thing that happened to me. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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