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What's an Underrated Tool That More Developers Should Know About?

Back with another Medusa Discussion!

As developers we sometimes stumble on a tool that becomes a life changer for us. It's often an underrated tool that not many people know about.

What's an underrated tool that you found and you wish more developers knew about? And how has it helped you?

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Maina Wycliffe

A little bit of self-plug here, but I built a VS Code extension to help developers from npm packages they are using (imported) from their code editor to get to the docs quickly. It provides links to NPM, GitHub/Remote Repo, and Docs Website if available and Issues. And I will be improving it in the future (I also accept suggestions and PRs).

GitHub Repo
Install VS Code Extension

It is great for onboarding developers and making yourself familiar with a new codebase or packages being consumed within the codebase.

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Lucy Linder

Vivaldi browser: vivaldi.com/

native vertical tabs, spotlight, tab cycle, built-in privacy and ad blocker, everything is customizable, chromium-based. Seriously, vertical tabs should be the default in all browsers!

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CitronBrick

Plus mouse gestures, that makes you feel like using a wand instead of a mouse.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ • Edited on

A major win for many people would be to try and adopt any good git client other than the git CLI itself.

I have written about it here:

The accidental complexity of the GIT CLI is in my opinion a major obstacle to learning. I believe in making it easy to do the simple things and in helping to prevent developer mistakes.

Contrary to what you may think, it's not a debate of GUI vs terminal applications.
If you like the terminal I recommend to use GitHub CLI and/or lazygit
If you like GUI applications I reommend GitHub Desktop, or the IMHO awesome git integration in IntelliJ, WebStorm, PHPStorm, RubyMine, PyCharm, ...

All those git applications were designed with simplicity and usability in mind. They will help you focus on what matters most: learning the concepts.

Again this is my personal advice that doesn't universally apply. If you are an hardcore C programmer working in project similar to the Linux Kernel project, specificallly Bazaar style, then the git CLI is the best possible tool for that use case, because it was designed by and for them.

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crankysparrow

Not specifically a dev tool but I love Alfred. It does a bunch of things but as a developer it's helped me automate things like optimizing images, searching for files, finding lastpass logins super quickly, etc.

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CodeFilez
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Shahed Nasser

Awesome!

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Sagar Lama • Edited on

For me it's vim

The reason for saying vim is that, as a vim user, whenever i do something more than twice, i keep thinking there has to be a better way to do it, turns out there always will be.

It not just helped me write code faster, be more productive but also help me write better code

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Laker J.V Turner

for me, i have to go with omg.lol.

even before i became the community manager, it's always been a great way to make a nice landing page quickly. even with all of the (mostly minor) bugs, Adam is always extremely helpful and is happy to fix any issues :D

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Fahmi Akbar Wildana

Twitter and Reddit πŸ˜„

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Michael Andreuzza

Here.

  • colorsandfonts.com
  • svggradients.com
  • svgdoodles.com
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Mardeg

Not forgetting raster-to-vector at svgco.de/

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Pankaj Patel

For mac users, meetingbar.leits.me/ Definitely help me keep myself meeting aware ;)

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MrSnoozles

NativeScript lets you create native mobile apps with various JavaScript frontend frameworks (React, Vue, Angular, Solid, ...). It became really good in the last two years.

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Shahed Nasser

I know this one! Pretty cool

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Full of Dev

I love sharing about devtools.
I listed all what interest me here finddev.tools/
Hope it's useful for someone!

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Christophe Avonture

Next to vscode, docker and docker and docker. Docker is amazing.

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Lucy Linder

For homebrew users: brewlet. A simple menulet that helps you keeping tools up-to-date.

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Jakub PomykaΕ‚a

SimpleLocalize for keeping translation files and localization strings in one place. πŸ˜„

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