5 tools that boost my productivity as a programmer

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Sourcetree

Sourcetree is a free Git client for Windows and Mac that simplify the way you visualise and manage your repositories. It has a low learning curve for beginners without losing powerful features for advanced users.

Sourcetree Welcome Page
SourceTree

GitLens — Visual Studio Code extension

When working in a team, I use Visual Studio Code mostly because of this extension. It makes collaboration awesome easy, simple and straightforward. I find myself significantly more productive — without adjusting my workflow to use another software.

GitLens
Git Blame

Postman

Postman
  • of switching between a light or dark theme, depending on your preference
  • a simple interface with exact balance between screen elements
  • collections that you can share
  • workspaces for working on different projects in a single window
  • automated testing that can be integrated with your CI / CD pipeline
Environment Variable
Monaco Font

Typora Text Editor

Typora
Focus & Typewriter
“black framed eyeglasses and black pen” by Trent Erwin on Unsplash
  • daily, weekly and monthly planning routines
  • writing down and elaborating on important tasks
  • writing down ideas that could be useful later
  • noting important things as memos such as a list of things I need to do at the bank
  • writing and editing communication documents such as emails, chats that need to be precise
  • writing technical documents and/or descriptions for tasks, issues, user stories, comments, epics — I try to communicate well in writing and this requires clear thinking and planning which I believe is best done through simple, precise and direct writing.
  • Is this task completed or should I confirm with the product owner ?
  • For a task that I am delegating, is the Definition of Done or Expected Outcome clear enough ?
  • What if the feature updated broke something else ? Should I check again in the test suite ? Or should I check the feature status from the tester ?

Pomodoro

“bunch of red tomatoes” by Andrea Riezzo on Unsplash

“Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.” — Cal Newport

When focusing on deep work such as programming, writing or planning, I prefer putting my computer or laptop on Airplane mode to prevent notifications from disturbing me.

“gray laptop beside white teacup and book” by Callum Shaw on Unsplash

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Abdallah Yashir

Abdallah Yashir

Senior Software Developer, Writer, Amateur Photographer, Reader