5 Services Every Technology Product Company Should Use Daily

This column is authored by Dmitry Budko, Co-Founder, DashBouquet Development

technology tools importantIn our opinion, any good technology company is an explorer that constantly tries new tools and new approaches. Throughout our work experience we have tried a lot of services, tools, and practices and by now we can confidently name top-5 services that we highly recommend to any technology company.

1. Docker

Docker provides you with an extra layer of automation of OS-level virtualization on such platforms as Windows and Linux. With this technology, you can organize a controlled environment in order to run various programming products. You can also run any amount of identical micro services at any time and Docker helps in ensuring that your server will work on the required operating system version (with all the functions).

Docker also frees you from performing any extra functions. To deploy the project you only have to perform just one command and there is no need to install a lot of applications. Finally, Docker enables you to use each build version multiple times.

What makes it cool? Saves your time, eliminates complexities, increases work efficiency.

According to Datadogs report at the beginning of March 2016, 13.6 percent of their customers had adopted Docker. One year later that number has grown to 18.8 percent. That’s almost 40 percent market-share growth in 12 months.

2. JetBrainstm Youtrack

JetBrainstm Youtrack tracks issues and bugs and is a must if you want to increase work quality and efficiency. It also performs as a software for project management.

It specializes in a query-based issue search and is capable of manipulating issues in batches, customizing attributes set and creating custom workflows.

Another Youtrack advantage is that it can integrate with multiple external tools, like Jira (Youtrack can import the issues from it) or GitHub.

What makes it cool? Awesome bug and issue tracker, compatible with a lot of tools. Based on Issue Tracking Tools Survey 2016 by JetBrains Youtrack is not so popular as Jira. But has the same satisfaction rate as Jira and ranked for best features. And it is most recommended tool.

3. JetBrainstm Webstorm

JetBrains Webstorm is a JavaScript IDE (which stands for “Integrated development environment”) equipped for client-side and server-side development with Node.js. While it is full of awesome features, we’d like to name the most important ones in our opinion: code completion and check, live analysis, easy navigation, easy and clear system of refactoring and debugging, access for work with version control system, Live templates and much more.

If you install Webstorm for the first time you will get an editor with extensive functionality where you can change almost everything,

This tool supports languages, which are compiled in JS, like TypeScript, etc. If you want a more detailed setup, Webstorm offers many available packages.

What makes it cool? Easy and fun development process with a great array of features.

According Slant WebStorm took the first place as the best IDE for Node.js (tool to debug Node.js) and for Dart languages. Is one of the best JavaScript (TypeScript, React Native) IDE’s and editors and has a discount for students.

4. Slack

In almost all our blog posts we try to mention and emphasize the importance of clear, constant and efficient communication between you, your team members and the client. Slack is your choice if you need to keep the track of communication processes, store and exchange files and much more.

In addition to keeping your communication in one place, Slack is also able to integrate with a lot of services, like GitHub again, Trello, Hangouts by Google and more. Plus in Slack, you can test code snippers and create private groups with high-security level.

What makes it cool? Great environment with consistent communication, opportunity to share files and track down a lot of information.

We found some stats for you. How many people use slack? This report says that slack has 5 million DAU (daily active users) for June 15 2017. Average amount of time users are active on Slack per weekday 320 minutes

5. CircleCI

CircleCi is a tool for optimizing your development processes. For example, it is capable of testing a code that is added by developers. These tests are automatic and allow developers to simply transfer this work to the program and save up some time.

CircleCi also organizes automatic project deployment. Depending on the setup, this program can deploy the project on Amazon, Heroku or other services. And for DevOps engineers, a big advantage of CircleCi is the fact that they can use own settings for the services that are not among possible settings. In addition, CircleCi can execute any script and has a debugging feature.

What makes it cool? It optimizes your work and makes it easier and faster, also provides a high quality of work and quality control.

According to Slant is the best continuous integration tool for mobile app developers and the best continuous integration service with Docker support.

The tools above are the ones that DashBouquet team uses every day and we are more than happy with the results. If you use any other tools or have some suggestions don’t hesitate to share! We are always glad to learn something new and try it out.

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