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Name your top 3 favorite software products that you use

This post is part of the Mayfield + DEV Discussion series. Please feel free to go back and answer previous questions as well.

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Max F. Findel
  1. I'm a heavy user of the whole Proton suite. I'm always on VPN on my laptop and mobile, I love the private email and the new calendar :)
  2. After some bad experiences with several computers over 10 years of coding (completely dying the day before a release, for example), I run all my code on Gitpod
  3. I love using Bear for note taking and organizing my thoughts.
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Nick Taylor • Edited on

It’s hard to choose just three, but here goes.

I wrote about other productivity tools I use for anyone interested.

You can also check out my uses page for everything I use as top 3 was tough.

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DEV ;)

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Ben Halpern Author

This gets a quick like!

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Ben Sinclair • Edited on

This sounds like a simple question, but what my favourite is isn't the same as what I think's the best for whatever reason, or what's affected my life most. I mean, I use web browsers every day and should probably put the whole category in here as my favourite, right? Silent Hill 2 is a "software product" that I used a lot back in the day, and I still don't think there's much that can top this one in its category.

I'll stop overthinking.

Vim is my #1. There are some rough edges with plugins, but the core Vim experience is as close to perfect as I can imagine.

tmux fits snuggly with Vim, and while it's not perfect, and the interface can be a little funny sometimes, it still massively improves my terminal experience and I use it every day.

ripgrep is the fastest and simplest of the grep-replacements that came out a few years ago (starting with things like Ack and Ag).

Honourable mention: fzf. A lot of my workflow is around using ripgrep inside Vim inside tmux, and fzf is the sprinkle on top of the cake that makes it all much more fun to eat. There are other fuzzy-finders around these days, but to be honest I haven't investigated much since fzf works exactly as I want it to already.

Yes, everything I've mentioned has been terminal-based! And it's nice to have favourites that aren't just favourites at work, of course :)

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Waylon Walker

💯 this. Yes vim has some rough edges, but it's designed so that you can gently smooth them out to exactly your own muscle memory In your vimrc.

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Moon Presence • Edited on
  1. As the main code editor, I like to use VSCode. It has everything I need, and if there is something missing, you can try to create it. ❤️
  2. To create notes, articles and just materials, I use Obsidian. Beautiful design, convenient functionality, and many other useful features. 😃
  3. I like to use Figma to create designs, layouts, icons and more. This is one of my favorite tools for working with design ✨
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Thomas Bnt

Same as @jesssimpson34 for the first point,

  1. I use Proton suite like ProtonMail, ProtonDrive and ProtonCalendar. For personnal and work uses. Very good to keep your private/intimate life safe.
  2. For everything that is writing, like projects, ideas, things to-do, I centralized everything on Notion. It's organized, easy to use and very powerful!
  3. And the last, I use Gravit Designer for all the design aspect, banners, logos.
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Oooh , difficult choice , but:

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Phil Ashby

I'll cheat a bit and categorise:
most used:

  • Falkon - a privacy-focused webkit based browser, I switched from Firefox after the shenannigans with Mozilla and 'managed advertising'
  • Thunderbird - until I find an alternative mail client I can stand to use!
  • KeePassXC - utterly awesome :)

most enjoyed:

  • Flightgear - probably one of the largest, oldest OSS projects, and a really nice flight sim!
  • Python - I guess my mind works like Guido's, as I find both the language and std lib intuitive, and I get good flow.
  • Git - yes really.. I spent far too many years with bad SCM tools, it's nice to have one that isn't!

I'd have listed many online services, but we're sticking to local software right?

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1) VSCode
2) VSCode
3) VSCode

Okay I cheated a bit here, but you get the idea ... :)

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Joe Mainwaring • Edited on

1Password - I’ve been a customer for 10 years and it’s been an absolute game changer. I recommend this anytime I see friends get their socials hacked.
JetBrains Webstorm - my IDE of choice. It’s a bit hefty compared to VSCode but it excels better at tracing-related workflows with complex projects.
Docker - I lived the SysAdmin life before containers, being able to package packages into their own little runtime environment has been transformative for scaling up an application stack.

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Jatin Sharma

There are many, Can't mention all, some of them would be -

  • VS Code
  • Sublime text 4
  • Bitwarden (password manager)
  • Microsoft todo
  • Figma (design)
  • Ditto (clipboard manager)
  • Share X (Screenshot Manager)
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Elliot Derhay

These are in no particular order, and it was actually a bit hard for me to come up with this list. Lol

  1. PhpStorm
  2. Trello
  3. GitHub
  4. Heroku
  5. Bitwarden
  6. Authy
  7. Obsidian
  8. Spotify
  9. AWS S3
  10. Twitter
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Venkatesh KL

Windows Phone OS 10 - I don't use it anymore but it has everything we get now as Android version upgrades back then. Example: flip to mute, take the phone to ear to lift the call, privacy dashboard(different name though) & excellent RAM management
Linux: it's pretty interesting to see something that powers so many servers & is fully open source
Microsoft edge (V8 version) : it's much sleek, faster & easy on processor & RAM. Not a Microsoft fanboy but I like the deft touches they give to make software more accessible

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Simon Egersand 🎈

Love this question. Some software applications you just take for granted.

My top 3:

  • Git. Amazing software. The impact it had is massive and I use it every day at work.
  • Notion. To gather my thoughts and ideas in a user friendly way.
  • Vim key bindings. I mainly use other apps to write code but always with the key bindings. They make me so much faster.

So interesting to read what other people wrote 😊

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Atul Prajapati

My two besties

  • Sublime text 3
  • firefox
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Vincent Milum Jr

Might I recommend upgrading to Sublime Text 4. They're doing some really cool stuff with it, and still actively updating it ;)

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Atul Prajapati

Ohh thanks, let me check it 🤘

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Nikola Stojaković • Edited on

VSCodium - a FOSS binary of VS Code.

Notion - an amazing tool which is a house for large quantity of important things in my life (from reading and watch lists to other stuff).

TickTick - best to do app I have used so far.

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T "@tnir" N

As a developer, I need:

  1. GitHub integrated with CircleCI (GitHub Actions is a rising star, but not good enough in terms of DX)
  2. Gitpod (but cloud edition is not stable at all 😭, especially for these 3 months)
  3. VSCode server (through
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  1. Anaconda
  2. VS Code
  3. Notes app on iPhone and its equivalent for Mac. Used to also be Parallels for virtualization on Mac but now that I got a dedicated Linux server I don't need to virtualize anymore.
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David Taitingfong

I feel like I might want to revise this list later, but here's the first 3 things that pop into my mind:

  1. Libby, "the library reading app". It allows you to rent books AND audiobooks - it's awesome!
  2. Gramps, open-source genealogy software. I've been creating my family tree using this & it has SO MANY features. Maybe too much? But it gets the job done.
  3. Notion, "a project management and note-taking software". It's pretty simple IMO; and there's a desktop app which I always prefer.

Gramps is the only one I don't use everyday, but when I do use it I get lost in the flow - again, there's SO many makes me want to add every bit of detail that I can.

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Vania Dimova


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Jeremy Friesen
  • Emacs
  • Hugo
  • Postgres
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Ishaan Sheikh

Here are my top 3, in random order-

  1. VS Code
  2. GitHub
  3. YouTube
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Rustam Apay


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  • WebStorm / PyCharm - I'm using JetBrains IDEs from years, and they are my favorite piece of software
  • - amazing note-taking app
  • Bitwarden - password manager for any device
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spotify, vs code, discord

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C. Plug
  1. Jetbrains IDE (If I had to chose one it's IntelliJ IDEA)
  2. GitUp, Git GUI on macOS that uses Git as a library, not Git as an executable
  3. Gyazo, instant screenshot & share software
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  1. JetBrain IDEs (namely Rider, PyCharm, and IDEA Ultimate)
  2. VSCode
  3. Figma
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Chetan Dhongade
  1. Vscode
  2. Insomnia
  3. Figma
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Vaarun Sinha
  1. VSCode
    Because I have the power to customise everything and it is also lightweight

  2. Google meet
    Really simple interface and no time limit on calls

  3. Iterm and zsh
    Again customisation 😅

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Since am a technical content writer, I frequently explore the following software products,

  1. OnlineGDB
  2. Hemingway Editor
  3. Dev
  5. Gunning Fog Index
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Piotr Słupski
  1. Linux
  2. PHPStorm
  3. VSCode
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Andrew Baisden
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VsCode and Figma

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Parker Waiters
  1. VS Code
  2. Raycast
  3. IFTTT
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Jakob Christensen • Edited on

What do you use IFTTT for? I like it but I never managed to find an actual use case for it :)

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Volker Schukai

only three, i use so many tools.

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Ashish Khare😎

Figma, notion and edge. These sums it all.

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Jason Ormes

If I was to say the top 3 I use i'd have to say
And probably chrome...

I think those are the 3 that bring me the most Joy.

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VS Code

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And of course )

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Franklin Ohaegbulam
  1. Loom - video recording and sharing.
  2. Photoshop - editing and creating designs.
  3. VS Code - writing codes.
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Marc Scholten
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Odai Athamneh

If we're not limited to developer tools:

  • Todoist
  • Google Drive
  • VS Code (of course!)
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RememberTheMilk, Bear, WebStorm

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James Auble
  1. VS Code
  2. Microsoft Todo
  3. TBD
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Kent Ezra A. Betita
  • VSCode
  • Windows Terminal
  • KeePassXC
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Ricardo Sueiras

Linux, Git and aws

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  • Ubuntu
  • Docker
  • VsCode
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Godwin David

Android studio, command prompt