Notes from the Studio

Tools for the Lean Web Developer

Tools For Developers

There is no correct set of tools every developer should be using. The right tool is the one best suited to you.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 exceptional free or open source apps for developers to help keep costs minimal, improve productivity and simplify workflow. You will find some old favorites listed; however, you might discover some new tools for your arsenal.

1. Evernote

Working on the web means being organized and productive. Evernote’s tagline, “Remember Everything,” means it should become your most relied upon tool. With its cross-platform support (desktop, web and mobile), you can capture, upload and sync from anywhere to keep your “online brain” efficiently catalogued.

Just a few examples of uses include task lists, scheduling, bookmarks, brainstorming, inspiration, writing and much more. As a developer, you could even use Evernote to archive snippets of code for future reference, using the web clipper. With the intuitive tag system, it’s simple to search and find any stored data.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox is ubiquitous as a cloud storage service; gaining access to files both online and offline has become highly important. Starting at 2GB for a free account, it should provide adequate space to get started. It can essentially become your “project manager,” helping you organize, modify and change files and share them with collaborators in a secure environment.

You likely work across multiple platforms, but it can take time to copy your system files from one platform to another. Dropbox can sync these (such as your XAMPP or MAMP root directories), meaning you will always have easy, fast access to your development files, freeing you up to work on more important tasks.

This is an excerpt of my Mashable article, to read about the 10 Essential Tools for the Lean Web Developer, head over to Mashable, and let me know what you think!

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