Getting the right tools for your critical development tasks can be a challenge. Part of the problem has to do with searching among the huge number currently on the market. The other part of the problem lies in matching a given tool or service to your current and future projects.

On the other hand, some of the best tools and services currently available are handed to you on a silver platter. This way, finding what you need becomes much easier.

In this article we’ll discuss some of the features a developer’s tool should have if it will be of any use. The list is not a short one.

We’ll also present you with a silver platter of tools and services to pick and choose from.

1. Elementor

Elementor
Elementor

Developer friendly open-source tools are fast becoming “must-haves”. The reason is simple. Many open-source tools can be extended to perform almost any function you would want them to. That’s certainly the case with the Elementor open source project, created by a team with development in mind, and a software tool that thousands of developers have contributed to, making it super-extensible.

Key Elementor software development solutions include:

  • CLI Integration – users can easily trigger tasks with the Command Line
  • CSS Optimization – CSS files are compiled, externally loaded, and minimized to achieve optimal load times
  • Custom CSS – CSS can seamlessly be incorporated across multiple pages, throughout a website, and in any widget.
  • Request Parameters –users can track data throughout a site, and
  • Rollback – that allows users to go back to earlier versions or compare versions.

Since it’s easy to sign up for Elementor we suggest you give it a try.

2. AND CO

AND CO
AND CO

Beside not being among the most exciting of tasks, invoicing can also take up a lot of your time; time you would rather spend on other project tasks. In fact, if your trying to juggle multiple invoices manually, the process can become rather complicated; not to mention error prone.

AND.CO has a solution. With this smart invoicing app, you can automate the entire process. Integrate AND.CO with your project management/time tracking apps and it will automatically create invoices from billable hours data, send them off to your clients, collect payments, and deposit them in your bank account. You don’t even have to lift a finger to make all this happen.

Sync the AND.CO mobile app across all your devices and you’ll be able to stay on top of your billings and cash flow, and even create invoices while on the go.

You’ll save time, money, and avoid needless stress.

3. Atom

Atom
Atom

Atom is another flexible and extensible open source tool that’s chock full of cool software development features. This desktop tool runs on an Electron framework. You can use it to develop cross-platform apps on Excel, OS X, and Windows.

What a developer is most likely to like best about Atom is the access it provides to literally thousands of open source packages. Atom is more than extensible; it’s super extensible, and you can even create your own packages from scratch.

Working under the theory that wonderful things happen when developers collaborate, Atom supports and encourages it. Collaborating with others when creating code is no more difficult than coding on your own.

Another “must have” developer’s tool.

4. TMS Outsource

TMS Outsource
TMS Outsource

Outsourcing development work has its advantages. You’ll often save time and money by doing so, you don’t have to invest in equipment or hire highly-skilled developers, and you’ll be able to devote more time to other core project and business responsibilities.

TMS Outsource personnel subscribe to and practice SCRUM development methodologies, they are skilled in the commonly used coding languages, and they have a reputation for delivering clean code on time, every time.

5. InvoiceBerry

InvoiceBerry
InvoiceBerry

Let InvoiceBerry take a load from your shoulders with its ability to streamline your invoicing process. Simply select among the professionally-design invoicing templates, insert your company logo, billing information, and recipient’s email address and let InvoiceBerry take it from there.

Your clients can pay via PayPal, WePay, or Stripe and you can always check the status of your invoices on the dashboard. Try InvoiceBerry for 30 days at no charge.

6. Testim

Testim
Testim

Testim was created to help Agile teams author greater numbers of tests with less maintenance. Machine learning is leveraged to author, execute, and maintain automated test cases and present results. Testim is super-fast, and since it creates stable tests that learn, you don’t have to continually maintain tests with every code change.

Testim is an ideal solution if your team is in danger of being overcome by the sheer volume of software testing you require.

What makes a good developer’s tool?

Developers are often looked upon as talented people who have a knack for creating miracles for their clients. Talent, along with hard work, has a lot to do with it, but there’s much more to software development than writing code.

Developers spend an appreciable amount of time selecting tools that are a best fit for a given task. A challenge these developers often face is knowing which one is good.

How to they go about finding the right tools?

They have to select the right type, whether it is a compiler, a code editor, a GIU designer, a performance analysis tool, and so on.

They have to select a tool for the task at hand. It can be project management and issue tracking, source control, prototyping, cloud management, skill development, and so on.

Having found a candidate, the tool must prove to be useful. It may have to integrate easily and seamlessly with other tools. Also it’s important that its learning curve isn’t too steep.

There’s more, but you get the idea.

Conclusion

Selecting a tool or service from this article depends on your particular needs. You don’t have to worry about all the features and capabilities. These tools and services are among the best of the current crop of developer aids. For the most part can satisfy most, if not all, of your most pressing needs.

At the very least, they will save you time and money, streamline your project workflows, and may even make your day!

Full Disclosure: This article is sponsored by BAWMEDIA.