My top 8 dev tools for 2021

As developers we are always worried that we might be missing a trick to do things faster and better. It’s developer FOMO and probably made you click on the link to this article. Here is the list of development tools I will be using in 2021. Perhaps there is a trick here that you want to try in 2021.


2. Chrome Dev Tools
When creating a web frontend, there is nothing better than tweaking and debugging your HTML, CSS and Javascript directly in a browser. Browsers can show you the impact of a change immediately, thereby saving massive amounts of time otherwise spent waiting for builds to complete. I use Chrome, but Firefox, Edge and a host of other browsers also deliver excellent debugging tools.

3. Apache
For many years, my web server of choice has not changed. Apache is very stable, fast and lightweight. There are free versions for every platform and a massive amount of articles, blogs and community posts on anything you want to find out.

Business Logic

5. Postman
Postman provides a very good set of tools for API development, debugging and testing. The interface of the desktop client can be somewhat confusing at times, but when used correctly, there are few API tools out there that can compete. I use Postman to debug and test the REST APIs I create in Linx.

Data Layer

7. Heidi SQL
Before I found HeidiSQL, I spent many agonizing hours using clunky, bulky, slow and unstable database management systems. For me HeidiSQL checks all the boxes. It supports a long list of databases, is responsive, lightweight, has a large set of helpful features and great usability. It is also free and open source.

Source Control

Product Designer, Frontend Developer and Usability Engineer at Digiata