Essential apps for developers

There are so many different software tools and apps for developers on the market that aim to ease the process of getting things done, that you can easily get lost which ones among thousands to choose. Here you will find our selection of apps for developers that we use on a daily basis. 

Essential apps for developers: choosing criteria

Before going to the list itself, let’s see the choosing criteria: 

  • Functionality
    Does the tool help to achieve your goal, ease the development process? Does it have a single purpose and can it be replaced by a more feature-rich option? 
  • Ease of use
    Is it easy to use? The learning and adoption curve matches with your expectations? Will it be easy for your team members to use it? 
  • Scalability
    Tool should be scalable, to evolve together with your digital product and team.  
  • Portability
    Is it easy to use from different locations, computers, devices? Does it work together with other common development tools? 
  • Customisation
    Personalization is a must nowadays, especially for developers, it may be a gamechanger. Developers love to adapt tools to their projects and necessities. 
  • Security
    The security has to be looked after. It is absolutely a “must” have.   
  • Cost
    In most of the cases there are always alternatives, we strive to find tools with optimal price and quality. 

Essential apps for developers: Top 15 

In VYou and in Apiumhub we constantly share tools that we find useful in our #tools channel in Slack, here you will find our latest selection of tools that we use in our projects. 

1. Sublime Text

Amazing text editor! It offers great user experience and it is easy to use. The context-aware auto-completion feature is particularly useful. It suggests code based on your text, meaning you can cut down on repetitive typing. Add to that an updated Python API, syntax definitions and hyper-fast load times, Sublime Text is hard to go past.

It is an open-source software used for web serving. It can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, HTTP cache, and media player and streamer. It is extremely fast and efficient and has been steadily competing with Apache.

3. Postman
Over 17 million developers use Postman. Postman is an API platform for building and using APIs. Postman simplifies each step of the API lifecycle and streamlines collaboration so you can create better APIs—faster.

4. VYou

VYou is a user management and access management solution. Convert weeks of development to a single day of integration. VYou helps developers launch scalable applications faster, and help balance an excellent user experience with better protection for the customers. Also, VYou offers payment solutions with Stripe. 

5. Wireguard

WireGuard® is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN. WireGuard is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and super computers alike, fit for many different circumstances. Initially released for the Linux kernel, it is now cross-platform (Windows, macOS, BSD, iOS, Android) and widely deployable.   

6. Charles Proxy

Charles is an HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy that enables a developer to view all of the HTTP and SSL / HTTPS traffic between their machine and the Internet. This includes requests, responses and the HTTP headers, which contain the cookies and caching information. 

7. Paiza
Paiza.IO is an online editor and compiler where you can write and run code instantly.

It is compatible with more than 20 languages: C, C++, Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl… and more.  

8. oh my zsh

Oh My Zsh is a delightful, open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration. It comes bundled with thousands of helpful functions, helpers, plugins, themes, and a few things that make you shout.  

9. Rectangle

​​Move and resize windows in macOS using keyboard shortcuts or snap areas. It is Free and Open Source, Supports macOS 10.11+, Intel and Apple Silicon. 

10. Vegeta
Vegeta is a versatile HTTP load testing tool built out of a need to drill HTTP services with a constant request rate. It can be used both as a command line utility and a library. 

11. Requestly

Requestly is a lightweight proxy available as a browser extension & desktop app to intercept & modify network requests. Using Requestly you can Mock API Responses, Modify Headers, Redirect Url, Delay/Throttle requests, etc. Developers can collaborate by sharing rules with each other.

12. Koople 

Koople is a Feature flags tool, which offers the easiest, fastest and most confident way to release your projects. Simple for both developers and non-technical people.

13. Apache
It is a tool for benchmarking your Apache Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server. It is designed to give you an impression of how your current Apache installation performs. This especially shows you how many requests per second your Apache installation is capable of serving. 

14. Raycast

Raycast is a blazingly fast, totally extendable launcher. It lets you complete tasks, calculate, share common links, and much more.

15. Warp

It is the terminal for the 21st century. Edit your commands like in a modern code editor with selections, cursor positioning, and completion menus.

I hope you found this list useful, if you have any questions regarding VYou tool, let us know! 

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