Top 6 Computer Programming Tools For 2018
Everyone has a unique set of New Year’s Day resolutions, and computer programmers’ resolutions and wishes for 2018 are bound to differ greatly from your run-of-the-mill average resolutions.
And if there’s anything a programmer should plan on doing to make him or herself a better programmer in the year ahead, it’s to get equipped with a new stash of helpful programming tools.
Here are six of the top tools you may wish to add to your programming tool box for 2018:
1. Get the latest version of Retrace
Retrace has long been an essential coding tool that lets you track how often you access Web-based HTTP services. But every new version of Retrace is seeing substantial improvements, which can lead to personal coding improvements and ease/efficiency of use on your part. To learn the details of what the new Retrace has to offer, check out this in-depth analysis on Stackify.
2. Get familiar with Atom
The Atom is “bigger than you think,” so to speak. It’s a free, open source code editor (relatively new on the scene) that might not be the best for your most intense group projects (IDE could work better for those), but that is perfect for small side jobs and personal projects you may be working on. Atom’s preview mode gives you in-line previews that are highly convenient when working on Readme files.
3. Practice and be entertained by “Code Wars”
Code Wars is a great way to tackle small-scale programming challenges in a fun and friendly environment (from a coder’s point of view). It’s akin to a basketball athlete taking free shots and playing small one-on-one games to keep himself in shape. Code Wars lets you boost your familiarity with common coding problems and learn the coding languages without risking messing up a major project.
4. Relieve stress while learning via Unity
Maybe you program computer or video games for a living, or maybe you’re trying your hand at that on the side for fun or to get ready for a future career shift. If so, Unity enables you to work on your games in the easiest possible way and trains you to become a better programmer of both games and other software at the same time.
5. Make use of Evernote in programming
Evernote is quite a multifunctional piece of software, and it can be ideal for programmers for certain specific uses. There is simply too much data being crammed into programmers’ heads on a daily basis for some of it not to leak out and be lost. Placing keyboard shortcuts, helpful articles, software requirements and specs, and programming quick-reference sheets on Evernote keeps it all organized and at your fingertips just when you need it most.
6. Get organized and more efficient with Trello
Trello is a free Cloud-based project management tool that lets you lay down your tasks and projects into special lanes and track them to their completion. Jira is better for more intense project management, but Trello is great for personal, smaller scale task organization. It’s especially great for your side-projects, which every programmer has, of course, or at least wants to have!