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As a modern software engineer or CTO, you're responsible for building, delivering, and maintaining high-quality software solutions at scale. Yet, software programs have grown increasingly complex over time, requiring meticulous work.
The competition threatens to take your subscribers every billing cycle if you don't constantly innovate. Customers want more, bigger, and better upgrades and updates. Regulators require that you release solutions that meet all compliance requirements, from data security to privacy protection.
Everyone expects you to deliver your best at all times.
So, how do you balance engineering velocity and innovation with debugging, complying, and fixing things?
To make your life easier, we are sharing some of the best software engineering tools available now. The list includes tools for engineering cost management, IDEs, CI/CD, version control, process modeling, and application performance monitoring.
Want to treat cost like the first-class metric it is? CloudZero is not your average cost management tool. CloudZero’s cloud cost intelligence platform automatically collects, processes, and sends you actionable cost insights from AWS, Kubernetes, and Snowflake.
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The Feedier feedback management platform empowers engineers, product developers, and customer service teams to collect, analyze, and act on actual user feedback before, during, and after the development phase. This is particularly important for informing you about what product features to prioritize in the initial releases, so you can direct your resources where you can reap the most ROI.
With Feedier, you can import feedback from crucial sources, such as SMS texts, CRM, forms, customer reviews, and tickets. That way, you can tell what to do to improve customer experiences at all points in their journeys.
Process Street boasts a no-code and scalable platform for developers that want to get organized at every step of their Agile development process. It helps your team keep all internal processes, knowledge, and documents in one place so you can re-use them to save time and reduce repeat errors.
You can also effortlessly assign tasks and roles to your team to get things going in a productive direction. Each person will receive a notification, after which they can instantly access the Process Street checklist to help finish their assigned work.
The tool also serves multiple use cases, from compliant processes for onboarding developers to training them and approving software releases.
Once you’ve drawn up plans and need to make technical drawings of the proposed software, SmartDraw can help. The platform offers a ton of templates, including software design, vinn, wireframe, decision tree, flowchart, use case, and cause-effect diagrams. You can also easily create, visualize, and use UML, ERD, and network diagrams to match your needs.
SmartDraw is also a development platform where you can generate diagrams from data. With the SmartDraw Open API, you can add new capabilities to the tool. You can then write custom extensions that help you auto-generate diagrams from external data.
Atlassian's Jira is popular with Agile and Scrum software engineering teams at every stage of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). With Jira, you can plan sprints, track issues, and manage development progress with Kanban and Scrum boards.
Roadmaps, workflow customization, and project templates make it easier for developers to work together, code, commit, and deliver high-quality software more quickly.
Jira Software integrates seamlessly with many other software engineering tools, like product roadmaps, Git repositories (natively with BitBucket), knowledge management, workflow, and CI/CD platforms. It is also free for development teams with fewer than ten members.
Vaadin provides an integrated platform where you can get the tools you need to create Java-based applications — from frameworks and UI/UX components to architecture and collaboration tools.
Git is a speedy, free, open-source version control system for non-linear workflows. It is particularly powerful for its collaboration, data integrity, and distributed features. With it, software developers in small and large teams can also seamlessly commit source code with Git, endlessly changing the code in teams or as an individual.
Git is unique from alternatives like Subversion and CVS in several ways. For example, Git enables developers to have multiple local branches independent of each other. So, you can have role-based codelines; one branch for only production-ready work, a testing branch, and small ones for everyday development. Creating, merging, and deleting the codelines also takes just seconds.
If you are looking for a top GitHub alternative, GitLab is a powerful source code hosting, repository, and management platform. Unlike GitHub, its Community Edition is actually open-source. GitLab also supports both on-premises and cloud-based workflows and code reviews.
GitLab SaaS sets you free from the hassle of installing and managing GitLab yourself, while GitLab Self-Managed gives you that level of control on your own GitLab instance. There are more differences, including free and paid features for each edition.
Also, while GitHub only recently started providing a native CI/CD support, GitLab has offered this and more DevOps-oriented tools for a while, making it a more complete software development platform. GitLab also focusses more on reliability and security than speed.
There are quite a bunch of Integrated Development Environment platforms out there, including popular ones like Adobe’s Dreamweaver CC, AWS Cloud9, and Apache NetBeans. But JetBrains software engineering suite helps developers find all the tools they need in one place.
It also supports PyCharm, which is a Python development tool you can use to code in other technologies and debug your software, among other capabilities.
The Atom text editor is a robust all-around program. Open-source and free, you can customize it to do anything without needing to change the config file. Atom also works across Windows, Linux, and OS X. Its intelligent autocomplete feature also helps speed up coding.
You can also open an entire project or multiple projects on a single screen, split the screen into multiple panes to compare code, and find/preview/replace text-type code quickly in one file or across the entire project.
With Teletype for Atom, you can seamlessly collaborate with other developers, sharing knowledge and building better software. The GitHub package empowers you to work with Git and GitHub right from Atom. It means you can create new branches, stage, commit, push, pull, fix merge conflicts, review pull requests, and more directly from your editor.
Code Climate is an open-source platform for automating code reviews. The platform offers three types of GitHub pull requests. You can see the status of each commit at a glance so you can decide if it's ready for merging.
Code Climate helps software engineers build clean code throughout the development process. It inspects the code for issues like duplication, security, and complexity. Its other highlight features include shared and organization-wide configuration, team management, data-driven engineering, and test coverage.
Formerly Appdiff, Test.ai will help you use Artificial Intelligence to detect, review, and fix software issues on any device and platform. Its bots browse, examine, process, and execute test cases on your team’s behalf. By training them to run repetitive tests, you can set your team free to focus on more creative tasks and continuous improvement goals.
You can then reuse tests across platforms and devices, test at scale, and get your test results in a visual report for easier interpretation. It also integrates with multiple CI tools like Jenkins and CircleCI as well as various software development platforms.
As a configuration management tool, RedHat’s Ansible maintains your system's current state no matter how many changes you make. In addition, it speeds up changes and deployments, reduces the need for manual intervention, minimizes human error, and makes system administration more predictable and scalable.
You can also track the status of your resources and prevent repeated tasks, like installing the same package multiple times.
Ansible helps improve system recovery following a critical event. Say your server went down for unclear reasons. Ansible will enable you to deploy a new one quickly and have a record of changes you made so you can identify the root cause. You can also run a system audit to determine where the problem originated.
CircleCI originally served as a Continuous Integration (CI) tool. But it has since developed into a comprehensive CI/CD platform for scalable software delivery. It validates live code changes, manages build logs, and supports access permissions to enhance code security.
CircleCI also works seamlessly with version control and source code management platforms like GitLab, GitHub, and BitBucket. The platform is also FedRAMP approved and compliant with SOC 2 Type II. The tool runs jobs on Linux, Windows, and macOS or in the cloud.
If you want a modern, vastly scalable platform for containers and microservices, Kubernetes or K8s could be your Docker alternative. It is an open-source and production-grade platform with a bubbling community of resourceful developers.
Kubernetes works as both a platform and tool. You can use it to deploy, scale, and manage containerized applications and support distributed microservices. It is suitable for these use cases at the enterprise-scale thanks to its self-healing, load balancing, batch execution capabilities, automated rollbacks, and rollouts capabilities.
Otherwise, Docker might be a more suitable platform for smaller projects.
Gremlin markets itself as a way to identify weak points in your software before launch. But developers tend to use it more for testing how systems would react in case of failure by launching targeted attacks.
The tool lets you use CPU spikes, server shutdowns, blocked DNS access, process killers, and latency injections to assess your system's resilience. You can use it in Kubernetes to implement chaos engineering and follow the testing process graphically.
To be sure, Gremlin includes a kill button to prevent experiments from getting out of hand.
You need a comprehensive monitoring service to keep track of your software solution's overall health and functionality, whether you built it on-prem, in the cloud, or via a web portal. In Sematext, you get a thorough, continuous monitoring service you can use in a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud setup.
You can detect and troubleshoot live and performance issues with metrics, synthetic, logs, and real user monitoring in one place. Then track everything, from application and server performance to container health and website activity.
Synk's Fugue provides a Unified Policy Engine that handles cloud compliance and security before and after deployments. With one policy engine, you can manage all rules throughout your software development lifecycle. Using Fugue, you can quickly secure resources across clouds and teams in cloud-native and Infrastructure-as-Code environments.
PagerDuty is an end-to-end, automated incident response and management for cross-functional teams. PagesDuty offers incidence response automation solutions for everyone, from DevOps and AIOps to security and customer service teams. For developers, the system gathers alerts from your monitoring stack, groups them into incidents, and sends only the most relevant ones to on-call teams.
The teams will receive the alerts almost instantly via their preferred channel so they can address the issue almost immediately. With runbook automation, your team can identify and fix root causes, learn from the past to prevent recurrences, and continuously improve code.
Once you’ve released your application into production, Zapier helps you enable your organization’s various apps to communicate with each other. Zapier empowers you to use If/Then logic to make a single action (Zap) in one app to trigger multiple tasks (up to 100 actions) in a single or different apps. You can set up triggers and even schedule when an action takes place.
For example, you could configure your email marketing system to send a thank-you email automatically when a new customer purchases an item from your Shopify store. Simultaneously, the system could notify your team on Slack. For future promotional campaigns, it can also add the new buyer to your mailing system.
Zapier works with almost any app you have.
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Software engineers don't have the luxury of having to juggle multiple cost tools to align with finance targets. Most platforms don't even give you the cost visibility you need to develop cost-effective solutions and cultivate a cost-aware DevOps culture.
So, we designed CloudZero for engineers like you.
You can easily see who, what, and why you are spending more on cloud computing. You can see the effects almost immediately after an architectural decision. Think:
All this without endless tagging in AWS, Snowflake, or Kubernetes.
That means you can identify where to pull strings to cut costs without degrading your system's performance, stifling innovation, or harming your customers' experience. to experience CloudZero in action.
CloudZero is the only solution that enables you to allocate 100% of your spend in hours — so you can align everyone around cost dimensions that matter to your business.