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Get Tech Started: Ultimate Guide to Software Development Tools for 2018

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March 5th, 2018

Have you ever thought about the amazing things you can do when you successfully create your own website or app? But then, how capable and confident are you? You might think, “Oh, but I’m not a programming savant, nor an IT expert.” Well, what if you can develop your own software even if you’re a housewife or an athlete?

Just like social media platforms, wide array of developer tools are available online for any non-developer beginners or exploring experts out there who want to build their own software. At first, the task of successfully creating softwares from scratch seems daunting, but just like any other cryptic code, it can be learned as long as interest remains aligned with the development.

Here’s the list of tools that can assist you on your software development journey:

  1. CodePen Projects
  2. CodePen is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building websites. This beginner platform can be used for free or purchased with templates that suit one’s needs.

  3. iOTA CSS
  4. Aside from being available for free, iotaCSS has an important distinction compared to typical CSS frameworks. While most SASS-based frameworks only allow adjusting values of few variables, iotaCSS allows you to create as many variations as you can and have full control over the classes being generated.

  5. Launchpad
  6. Launchpad is a free-to-use web application and website that allows users to develop and maintain open-source softwares.

  7. Avocode
  8. Avocode offer a free 14-day trial program that purposely built for the process of converting PSDs or Sketch files to actual code. It doesn’t automatically generate sites for you, but rather provides a set of tools which enables to create sites for the user’s personal preference which is considerably more efficient.

  9. Katalon Studio
  10. Katalon Studio is a downloadable, free software that revolutionizes the use of open-source test automation frameworks by eliminating technical complexities to allow testers and efficiently set-up, create, run, report and manage their automated tests.

  11. Bubble
  12. Bubble enables non-technical users to build web applications without needing to support it with actual code. Instead, users draw the interface by dragging and dropping elements onto a canvas and defining workflows to control the logic. Bubble’s vision is to make hand-coding largely obsolete. This tool can be used for free or for purchase.

  13. Bootstrap Studio
  14. Bootstrap is a purchased web design tool used for creating responsive websites. It comes with a large number of built-in components, which can be drag and dropped to assemble responsive web pages and full control over your markup. Users can import and edit CSS, JavaScript and HTML in Sublime Text-like editor.

  15. Sublime Text
  16. Sublime Text is a downloadable or purchased tool for source code editing and supports several coding languages.

  17. TestComplete
  18. TestComplete is a free trial tool that provides functional, unit testing and daily regression testing and supports other kinds of testing such as data-driven testing and distributed testing. Tests can be run from within TestComplete or exported to an external application.

  19. TypeScript
  20. TypeScript is a free tool designed for development of large applications and compiles to JavaScript. TypeScript supports definition files that can contain type information of existing JavaScript libraries.

  21. Docker
  22. This paid tool creates and manages containers which simplifies the creation of highly distributed systems by allowing multiple applications to run autonomously on a single physical machine or across multiple virtual machines.

  23. PhpStorm
  24. -PhpStorm is a versatile cross-platform IDE for PHP, built on JetBrain’s Intellij IDEA Platform that supports PHP 5.3 to 7.2. For a 30-day free trial period, this tool offers a bundled evaluation license key that enables developers to do effective debugging, testing, and profiling.

  25. Angular
  26. Angular is a free cross platform that lets developers create website-installed and mobile apps minus the building hassle.

  27. Charles
  28. This downloadable HTTPS proxy tool enables developers to view HTTP and SSL traffic between their machine and the Internet. This tool can also be purchased online.

  29. Eclipse.IDE
  30. Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) used for computer programming specifically for developing Java applications. It also contains a base workspace and an extensible plug-in system for environment customization. This app can be downloaded for free.

  31. Ranorex
  32. This paid tool empowers testers with a complete toolset for end-to-end testing of desktop, web and mobile applications in a single license.

  33. Ionic 2
  34. Ionic 2 is a free development tool that provides tools and services for developing hybrid mobile apps using Web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass. Apps can be built with these Web technologies and then distributed through native app stores to be installed on devices.

  35. GitHub
  36. GitHub is the world’s leading open source community for developers and non-developers. Pricing plans for teams and businesses are also available.

  37. Tricentis Tosca
  38. Tricentis Tosca helps manage test cases by cutting testing time, manual effort and costs. Its developed features help avoid the maintenance trap and help adopt a more agile way of working. This paid tool is helping enterprises and developers to advanced digital transformation through continuous testing.

  39. Robot Framework
  40. Robot Framework is a paid generic test automation framework for acceptance testing and acceptance test-driven development (ATDD) and has easy-to-use tabular test data syntax and also utilizes the keyword-driven testing approach.

  41. Intellij IDEA
  42. This paid tool analyzes your code, looking for connections between symbols across all project files and languages. Use this information to provide in-depth coding assistance, quick navigation, clever error analysis and refactorings.

With these tools available, there’ll be no more excuses not to start on your own software today. Software building might be a trial-and-error process, but you have to bear incessant amounts of patience, passion and motivation to get to the endgame: your successful prototype and launch.

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