We thought a good place to start was with some basic tools that you can hang your hat on. Text editors are plentiful now, but we still have some in house favourites. Firstly, Visual Studio Code is a joy to use when drawing up any basic frontend designs due to its clean UI, built in debugger and highly customisable features. So we can thoroughly recommend it to anyone starting out.
However working with large backend codebases, the speed and performance of Sublime Text is the one we find superior. The 'Goto Anything' and 'Goto Definition' features allow you to rapidly manoeuvre around your project no matter the size, Sublime just seems to take it in it's stride.
The screwdriver just missed out making it to the list – still a rated tool though!
Lastly, we thought we'd toss in Postman, which is just a really cool tool for performing integration testing with your API. We appreciate the mid-flow testing can sometimes be neglected, Postman tackles this with being able to test on the fly with only needing to make a URL request. Slight monotony is also reduced by allowing you to create and save requests, allowing you run them over and over for any potential future use.
We will be chucking more tools and tips at you all the time, so make sure you are checking back regularly for the latest.