Tools That Make Your Life Simpler As A Dev

Tools That Make Your Life Simpler As A Dev

Git

Version control is a serious issue to contend with when working as a developer on a team. Git is what is known as a Distributed Version Control System [DVCS/DCS]. The basic idea behind Git is that you need a way to control software versions when multiple developers are working on a project, otherwise each developer’s changes will overwrite the other team member’s code changes. A more relatable example would be saving a shared Microsoft Word document by selecting the “overwrite” option in lieu of the “merge changes” option. Git is unique in that it boasts industry standard features while remaining free and open source.

Additionally, Git is much less resource intensive than competitors. Additionally, it is a distributed system which means the developer team has multiple backups, can utilize any workflow to include blessed or shared repositories. Data assurance is another major consideration when choosing Git as a DVCS. Git ensures the cryptographic integrity of every project by ensuring that every file is checksummed and retrieved by its checksum when checked back out. This means that it is impossible to get anything out of Git that wasn’t what a developer put in it.

Stackify 

Stackify can best be described as an efficiency freak’s best friend when it comes to analyzing and debugging code. Stackify comes with two primary packages; Retrace and Prefix.

Prefix, in a nutshell, is a utility used to analyze pre-production code for bugs. It does the job of a code profiler and provides much more utility. Basically, it helps answer the question, “What did my code just do?” with ease. The general idea is that if a developer has the capability to spot and rectify software bugs before they ever hit production, the developer will be more efficient and valuable. A few of the more interesting features Prefix provides users is the ability to view logs by an individual web request, which saves times filtering through lengthy log files. On the database end, it allows a complete breakdown of SQL queries to include parameters, records affected by the query and how long the query took.

Retrace is geared more towards code in a production environment. Think of it as an APM, with some added extras that make it a more valuable tool. On the APM front, Retrace helps develop teams to monitor the performance and health of their applications. To accomplish this task, Retrace provides developer teams with vibrant application metrics by integrating multiple log sources into one package. Retrace provides a unique logging experience by providing full integration of application logs and applications errors in the same place. Error logging is unique with Retrace because it requires zero coding changes to capture errors unlike other APM solutions on the market

Chrome DevTools

Chrome DevTools deserves a mention because it is a free, open source and very powerful set of web development tools. DevTools allows users to effectively troubleshoot JavaScript, improve network performance, and examine CSS performance within the Chrome web browser. One feature that sets DevTools apart from other packages targeted towards web developers is the ability to emulate mobile devices with Device Mode. Device Mode is particularly useful due to the rapidly evolving mobile nature of technology.

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