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The tools I used in 2023 as a software developer

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Beyond the usual suspects such as Slack, Spotify, DB tools, Youtube, I'd like to introduce you to some tools that have been indispensable in my day-to-day routine as a fullstack software developer developer in 2023.

NOTE: I use Zorin OS as my primary operating system. I rely on VMs for other operating systems I would like to use.

  1. Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code has been my primary code editor for many years. What makes it sticky is due to many other features in addition to:

  • Extension Marketplace
  • Syntax highlighting (No one wants to look at code in monochrome colors)
  • Multiple language support
  • A configurable inbuilt terminal

Visual studio code

  1. Docker

Instead of installing Graphical User Interfaces for most of the software that I have to use on a daily basis, why not just you containers? It's more convenient for me.


  1. Reading apps (Foliate and Lithium on Android)

When it comes to reading apps, what I optimize for most times is:

  • Dark mode support
  • Highlighting capabilities
  • Simple to use
  • EPUB format


The home screen of the Foliate App with my digital library

Lithium EPUB reader

Playstore screenshots

  1. Notable

Notable is a markdown powered note taking application. I use it because:

  • I get to write anything in markdown without limitations
  • Dark mode
  • Very intuitive design
  • Simple interface


  1. Terminator

Terminator is a terminal emulator that allows the splitting of a terminal window. This way, you can have many terminals open (but get to view them all at once). Basically, the helps to minimize the need for have many terminal windows and tabs.

Terminator Which tools have 10x your productivity?

Let me know what your thoughts are about this article hi[at] Cheers!

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