Published on 05/07/2018 by Charlotte Nathan
Learning to write code in a new format can be complicated, almost like learning a new language. Over the years at Remarkable.net, our developers have tried and tested many different software options. In order to maintain productivity within a department, there are a few things that need to be considered when choosing new software and tools.
- Is the software compatible with the code and language used by the company?
- Does it suit the needs of the department and have price plans available for different budgets?
- Will it be able to be used long term for everyday tasks and deliver on speed needed to keep up with workload and client requests?
- Is it suitable for use within a team and functions and features that are easy to learn and pass onto other team members?
Although keeping up with new technologies and techniques is important, choosing tools that meet all the above criteria will save a lot of time and result in a better work flow within the department.
We have highlighted our top 5 software options that are a great introduction to anyone starting out in software development or may be recognized and praised by developers who currently work with them.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and 2017
This is the main software used in the development department at Remarkable, with a free community edition available for developers to use. This is used to write the code, compile it, test it locally and prepare it for publish to test or live environments.
The newer version of the software offers a lot of benefits such as enhanced debugging tests which is extremely helpful for identifying issues and bugs as well as finding their route cause. This means issues can be found and resolved quickly, while providing information that can be used to prevent the issue occurring in the future.
Microsoft Windows 10
For developers aiming for mainly Microsoft development, Microsoft Windows 10 is ideal. This is the operating system used at Remarkable and is installed on SSD’s to improve speed within the agency.
The Improved security of this most recent version of Microsoft Windows is highly favoured by developers considering the nature of files and communications handled on a daily basis. The frustration of switching between “desktop” mode and “Modern Apps” is eliminated by Windows 10, with users being able to change users, pin apps to the start menu and even turn the PC off without having to leave the desktop.
Windows 10 displays a newly updated command prompt which is used by developers to enter commands into scripts that automate tasks and assist with troubleshooting. In the Windows 10 Technical Preview, users can turn on “Enable experimental console features” found on the properties menu. By turning on the “Experimental Tab” extra functionalities are made available, the window opacity can also be changed so changes in the background can be monitored without the window needing to be minimized. The software is also able to run other task automation tools like Bash, PowerShell, and more regardless of the language used or environment the code will run.
Microsoft SQL Server
This is used at Remarkable to manage SQL servers and perform queries on the data, there is also a free version available for developers with a lot of support.
The software is easy to use and comes with a lot of useful tools that will save time with everyday tasks. These include SQL Server Profiler, SQL Server Management Studio, Business Intelligence tools and Database Tuning Advisor, all of which can help with trickier aspects like troubleshooting. The Server Management Studio is convenient for file management which is a key part of finding a server to use in large or small scale development departments. Database files can be managed, moved, backed up and restored without the need of custom scripts.
MSQLS is reported to be one of the most secure of any of the major database platforms, with the fewest number of reported vulnerabilities. This again supports Remarkable’s value of only using software that can guarantee confidence in security.
GitHub and BitBucket
Both of these software options have free plans and are a great way to store and share code with the world. Each with a large community that developers can involved in and contribute to other projects out there.
The online service providers can host code for free, however whether code is made public or kept private comes with a pricing plan. Bitbucket offers unlimited free private repositories while GitHub charges $21-200 per month for 10-125 private repositories. Prices involved with each service can vary depending on a departments needs and amount of developers who will work on the projects.
GitHub is preferred by software development teams for it’s easy to use interface that makes code collaborations and issue tracking less of a harrowing task. However there currently isn’t a feature gap between the two softwares, and each is build to suit different platform, site and client needs.
At Remarkable.net we care about the way we work and the outcome, the tools we currently use have proved to deliver on functionality and assist with the development and maintenance of our ecommerce software.