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Programming Tools

Productive tools play a crucial role in every developer's success story. That being said, I thought of listing them down on a page for all coding aspirants and experienced professionals to refer.

Bookmark this! I will be adding the best possible tools a programmer can ever have.

1. Programming Laptops

2. Programming Books

3. Programming Accessories 

4. Productivity Tools

5. Programming Monitors

6. Interview Preparation Platforms

7. Online Course Platforms

8. Version control systems

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Programming Laptops

1. Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop:  I've been using the Acer brand for the last 4 years. I do hardcore coding, blogging, editing and this never disappointed me. In fact, Acer was is the list of the top-rated laptops recommended by software developers. 

2. New Apple MacBook Pro:   A beautiful, premium, and performance laptop. FAANG tier programmers prefer this the most (wallet-friendly for them!). From basic coding to machine learning, AutoCAD etc, Macbook can run things butter smoothly.

Programming Books

When it comes to coding books, the Headfirst series dominated the niche with their awesome quality. The below books helps you learn each topic from scratch.

Topic Best Beginner Book
C Let Us C
C++ The C++ Programming Language
Java Head First java
Javascript Head First Javascript
Python Learn Python 3 the Hard Way
C# C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0
Swift Swift Essentials - Second Edition
kotlin Head First Kotlin

Programming Monitors

An additional monitor shows you a multi-dimensional view of the code editor.  Below are my handpicked monitors based on screen quality, aspect ratio, sharpness, and durability.

1. HP VH240a Monitor: I use hp monitor for my Java coding at the workplace. Its perfect resolution and IPS display prevents the eye strain and angle adjustments steal my neck pain. Motion blur is perfect and crispness is to the point.

2. Dell U2415 Monitor: This monitor is known for its sharpness. It can show you the smallest details in your code like semicolons and full stops. (You know they are pests! haha)

Opinion: I'm not a fan of vertical monitors as they narrow the use case to coding alone.

Online Course Platforms

1. Educative: I like Educative for its interactive curriculum. It has 250+ courses and the content flow make you feel like - "When did I learn this much?".  It was such visual fun and their 650,000+ enrolled developers say the same. 

If you want to learn 2x coding in half the time, then Educative is for you. 

2. Udacity: Simple and effective. They maintain a serious course catalogue without unnecessary fluff. I recommend Udacity more as a learning tool over a career path.

3. Edx: Free and best value. Edx has got 2000+ free courses and more in the pro subscription. Since 2012, more than 25 million people have learned how to code at Edx.

Interview Preparation Platforms

1. Leet Code: Reliable and Free. Leet code is the first and best stop for anyone who's preparing for interviews. You will get a chance to learn data structures with not much hurt to your wallet. Leet code is known for its High question volume, mock interviews, text & video solutions.

2. AlgoExpert: AlgoExpert is a premium resource to practice competitive coding. This is perfect if you have less time, and Video solutions give a remarkable learning experience.

read my full AlgoExpert review here

Productivity Tools

1. Grammarly: Write better English. If you are a non-native English speaker like me, then Grammarly is a lifesaver. I use the premium version while writing emails and blog posts. However, there is a free version of Grammarly. Go ahead get it!

2. Improve code typing speed. I use this free typing tool whenever I get free time online. Speed typing is an advantage when it comes to speed coding tests. You think and you write at the same time. That's the magic!

3. Canva: Create visual infographics and banners. I use canva pro literally every day. Infographics, Blog post thumbnails, cover design, business newsletters are my use cases both in blog and at work.

Version Control Tools

1. Github: Manage & distribute your source code. It makes my technical projects collaborative by hosting files in their servers for free!

2. Sourceforge: Develop and distribute source code. From code commits to browser-based coding, Sourceforge has good features. This is open-source and available for free! 

Programmer Accessories

The list would be incomplete if I miss adding basic accessories a professional programmer own! Never reconsider investing in good quality accessories because we buy these once in a decade. 

1. Work Desk: 

I don't recommend modern fancy tables which bend at 100 angles. A spacious and strong desk is the only one that sustains your admiration in the long run. 

Opinion: Many desks have steel legs. I wouldn't suggest them as they can be sensible to electricity.

2. Keyboard:

Only Writers and Programmers use and get the most out of a keyboard. I'm both. So, below are my recommendations.

3. Mouse

Click, scroll, click, scroll! It shouldn't die.

4. Chair:

A good chair costs less than your spine. Below are my picks.

1. FelixKing office chair: Irrespective of your height and weight, this chair grabs and fits your spine. You'll barely sense buttock heat even in a long hour sitting.

2. Flash office chair: Simple and comfortable. Nothing is sensitive, do gymnastics and still, this looks strong and durable.