Tools & Resources

As a developer it is important that I have the best tools for the job. I am proud to present to you a list of tools that help me in my daily business.

Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links where I will earn commission for recommendations.

Hosting

To me a website needs to be fast, efficient code alone will only take you so far. A decent server is a mandatory requirement for anyone running a business and I have been hosted with Web Hosting Buzz for about 3 years and I have had no problems thus far. Their servers are top of the line and their infrastructure is world class and all for a reasonable price.

Dev Servers

Developing on a live server is very important and it doesn’t need to be expensive. It costs me just $5 a month for my Dev server which is independent of my main server. I use Digital Ocean because their servers are easy to set up and I can easily destroy and create new instances with various set ups depending on what I am working on. For more information check out Digital Ocean.

Text Editors

No developer is complete without their trusty text editor and there are many to chose from.

I have used numerous text editors over the years but my two favorite editors are notepad++ (free and great for those starting out) and PhpStorm which is a premium text editor that has an impressive array of features and support. Once I started using PhpStorm it enhanced my work flow tremendously and I have not looked back since.

Others

JSONPlaceholder – free online REST service that you can use whenever you need some fake data.