In no particular order, listed below are the tools I use on a daily basis to write code and be productive. If you have strong opinions about why X should replace Y on this list, leave them in the comments because I am always looking to make my workflow faster and more efficient.
Highly customizable compared to Terminal. I get a lot of mileage out of the natural text navigation configuration (holding option/alt to move between word breaks)
My package manager of choice. I use
brew bundle quite a bit to ensure that my Dev Env dependencies can be easily migrated to a new machine if anything happens to my current one.
From their site:
tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.
If you can get past the size of the config file (psst. feel free to use mine), this tool is a must. If you've ever accidentally closed a terminal window where you needed something that was on it, you'll benefit from learning how to use Tmux.
I had to group things by functionality because there are some acknowledgements that need to be made. I'll mark the one I use, but know that I have at least tried the others.
I am a Sublime Text convert after seeing how easily extensible VS Code is.
While I only use Spectacle, there is a huge honorable mention due to koekeishiya, the dev behind ChunkWM. He is a legend in terms of writing window managers.
I cannot recommend Notion enough. Their feature set blows most everything out of the water. Just check out their product page and see for yourself.
This Spotlight Replacement (and a whole lot more) is the core of my productivity. Alfred is highly extensible and worth the price for the text snippet functionality alone.
With everything having a menu bar icon, Bartender helps clean up the noise and only bring things to your attention on your terms.
From the site:
Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and instantly searches offline documentation sets for 200+ APIs, 100+ cheat sheets and more. You can even generate your own docsets or request docsets to be included.
Solid tool for offline documentation (and integrates with Alfred).
The TL;DR of any post like this is that tools do not equal development practice. This toolset has been built out of necessity; spending time refining my workflow to make it more efficient. If you use a different set of tools that works for you, great. The environment tools you use do not make you a better or worse developer.