There is an old adage that states “a carpenter is only as good as his tools.” Now, while most of us aren’t picking up a hammer and nails, the point of the saying remains the same. Without the tools we use to get our work done, such as a laptop, smartphone, or a software, we would be lost. The same goes for app development and developer tools.

In this article, we are going to review 6 of the best developer tools on the market that you need to know about. Through using each of these different tools, you will be equipped to handle the toughest software development challenges with ease. If you’re reading this and aren’t a developer yourself, don’t worry, these tools can be applied to a variety of use cases. Without further ado, let’s get started.

1. UnDraw

While you may be familiar with Shutterstock or other stock image websites, UnDraw has made a name for themselves by providing open-source, free, themeable illustrations. Not only are these illustrations licensed by MIT, but they are created with developers in mind. Instead of searching for the best stock photo for your app or landing page, UnDraw allows you to customize the theme of your illustrations to match your project.  

While many developers consider themselves to be UX designers, not everyone has the time or resources to properly invest in UX. As far as developer tools go, UnDraw capitalizes on helping non-designers create beautiful user interfaces that add a professional look to your software project.

2. Visual Studio Code

The next of our developer tools that we will explore is Visual Studio Code, an open source, cross platform code editor. Visual Studio allows you to debug within the app, find errors in your code, and even integrate with Git and other SCM providers. Although it was originally created with web development in mind, their selection is always growing for different development purposes.

All that said, the thing that developers love most about Visual Studio is that it works right out of the box, without the need for extra plugins. This means that you don’t have to take a course or spend much time learning the layout of the application before diving right in.

3. Hyper

When it comes to developer tools, customizability is always high on the list of requirements. Hyper.is must know this, as the cross-platform terminal emulator has over 300 themes and extensions. While this seems a glaring contrast compared to Visual Studio’s out-of-the-box approach, Hyper provides a specific value in its usability and integration with other developer tools.

Additionally, Hyper can load websites from command lines and hot-key enabled spin panes. It can also be extending and customized using JavaScript, both for back-end code and the front end interface. For any developers looking to an alternative to their current terminal tools, Hyper is a capable option that’s only getting better with time.

4. UpLabs

Now, not all developer tools are traditional software options. Sometimes what a developer needs in their tool belt is a place for brainstorming and inspiration. Enter UpLabs, a global community of creatives that provides daily inspiration and downloads. Whether you need help with a project or simply want to see what is out there, UpLabs is the place to find what you need.

On the flip side of things, UpLabs is also a great place to submit your work and receive feedback from other members of the design community. Sometimes all you really need to get over a creative block is someone to point out where improvements need to be made or getting another set of eyes on it. UpLabs connects you with thousands of artists around the world, all dedicated to creating better, smarter design.

5. Android Asset Studio

For anyone getting started with Android app development, the Android Asset Studio provides all the developer tools you need to create a beautiful user experience. This studio is perfect for many developers, as they often don’t have the time to work with a designer on all of their icons and images. By simply being able to plug in your images and create Android icons that look nice and work well, you can save a lot of headache and time on your development.

6. Slack

The final developer tool we will look at is not just for developers, but it makes life easier for you regardless of your professional. Slack has taken the world by storm, with some companies forgoing email altogether due to Slack’s speed and dominance in the market. At first it may just seem like a messenger app, but once you start to play around with the integrations, it quickly becomes something so much more.

Since the nature of software development is high-paced and constantly changing, messenger tools like Slack are one of the few ways to keep up. When you are using Slack along with Agile methodologies like Scrum, you can create software at a much faster pace than ever before. Not only that, but the products you create will often better serve their end users because of the open communication provided by these developer tools.

Developer tools in practice

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, developers are often only as good as the tools they work with. However, as you can see, there are plenty of tools out there that are more than capable of handling any job that you might come across. The only thing standing between you and your end-product is how well you use these tools to create your software. Now that you have these tools in your arsenal, you are well on your way.

The final thought we will leave you with is a simple one: how can you improve your processes? We have just reviewed developer tools, but as you know, there are plenty of other ways to increase efficiency throughout a project. Take time to work with your team and find areas of opportunity. As you work together to improve these areas, your software will become more refined and capable of living up to the task.