5 Essential Tech Tools for New Developers

Free tools every developer should know about.

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Visual Studio Code

When you first start out, it’s really important to set yourself up with a good code editor to write your projects in. Visual Studio code is free to download and use, and supports a vide variety of programming languages. It also has thousands of community plugins for additional functionality, as well as integrated source control management, syntax highlighting, IntelliSense code completion, bracket-matching, auto-indentation and more. VS Code is incredibly customisable, completely open-source, and one of the most popular code editors around at the moment. I’m sure you’d struggle to find a developer who hasn’t heard of it or used it before.

Browser Dev Tools

If you’re developing things for the web, the built-in browser dev tools are going to become your best friend. No matter what browser you’re using (yes, even Internet Explorer), there will be built-in developer tooling to help with website development, all you have to do is find them. With these tools, you can visibly edit the page you are viewing, access source files, utilise the JavaScript console, and browse the entire HTML DOM for that page. This can also be really useful when you’re trying to debug CSS issues, as you can make non-persistent changes to the CSS code to work out what’s going wrong.

Oh My Zsh

Oh My Zsh is an open-source framework for customising your terminal. Not only are there hundreds of cool looking themes to make you feel cooler every time you use your terminal, there are also a bunch of plugins and helpers to boost your productivity.

Postman

If you do any development work with APIs, Postman will improve your productivity tenfold! Quickly and easily send REST, SOAP, and GraphQL requests directly within Postman’s API client with next-to no set up time.

Figma

This might not be for everyone, but I love creating my own designs before I start coding. If you’re like me, and you’re looking for a design tool to level up your digital designs, give Figma a try.

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Software Engineer & Comp. Sci. graduate, writing about professional development, working in tech, and all things coding. https://www.elletownsend.co.uk

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Elle Townsend

Software Engineer & Comp. Sci. graduate, writing about professional development, working in tech, and all things coding. https://www.elletownsend.co.uk