Tools That Will Make You a Better Coder in 2022

14 Tools That Will Make You a Better Coder in 2022

The world of .Net development can be overwhelming with so many new tools, languages, frameworks and features being added every day. With so much noise, it’s hard to find which of these are worth your time and effort to learn or master. To help you stay on top of your game in the years to come, here are 14 developer tools that are worth checking out in 2022. Also, if you are a business owner make sure you hire web developers having knowledge of these tools.

Here are 14 Tools That Will Make You a Better Coder in 2022

1. Azure

Just three years ago, Microsoft announced that it was making its cloud service, Azure, available for anyone to use for free—if they were using it for development purposes. And although not quite 10% of small businesses are currently using Microsoft products to develop apps and software, that number is expected to hit 50% by 2020.

As more developers move toward implementing Microsoft technologies, you can be sure that your skills will be a hot commodity. Even if you’re already considering moving into an Azure-based career path, now might be as good of a time as any to dive right in—and learn how to make money while doing so.

2. TypeScript

JavaScript’s new baby brother is similar to its older sibling and you can use it to build great apps. But it does have one big difference—it compiles your code down into clean, easy-to-read JavaScript. So, if you like keeping your code simple and organized, try out TypeScript. Sure, you might run into some initial trouble with non-compliant browsers but rest assured that you won’t be alone and there are plenty of resources online to help guide you along every step of the way!

3. VS 2017

The Visual Studio 2017 IDE is awesome, but it’s not perfect. Luckily, Microsoft recently released version 15.7 of Visual Studio, which included hundreds of new features and bug fixes that are aimed at improving your dev experience.

I suggest installing it as soon as possible to enjoy some cool new debugging features like local variable values for exception breakpoints, an improved UI for determining conflicting breakpoints, and more! Additionally, build times have been significantly reduced—from 20 minutes to just one minute—which means you can iterate on code faster than ever before!

4. UWP

The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a new development platform, which provides one API for all Windows devices. It works seamlessly across phones, tablets, laptops and desktops – in both touch and non-touch environments. The UWP provides APIs for common developer tasks such as location, cloud services, multimedia playback and device notifications.

Recently, Microsoft released .NET Native Compiler for Visual Studio 2015 Update 2. This, when paired with Xamarin, reduces application size by up to two times without sacrificing any of its native performance. This will now be able to help you create higher performing, native applications on multiple platforms, while writing in the same codebase.

5. MacOS

If you’re working on Mac, your development environment is pretty straightforward. Your choice comes down to either Xcode or Microsoft Visual Studio for building native iOS and Mac apps respectively. Though VS Code has made huge gains in popularity over time and now runs on a range of platforms, it’s definitely geared towards web development.

The same is true for Atom, JetBrains WebStorm, and Sublime Text 3 if you want to go with lighter options that run on just about anything. Still confused? As with most things these days there are lots of tools available at varying price points. A Google search should get you pointed in the right direction!

6. SparkR (RStudio)

Apache Spark is changing how organizations collect, analyze, and use large volumes of data. The R programming language provides an analytics powerhouse for organizations to extend their business intelligence capabilities. Many companies are leveraging Apache Spark along with R (and Python) to help them process and understand their data faster than ever before.

But, if you’re new to SparkR or R, then there’s no time like now to start learning more about what you can do with these tools. Because by 2022, it will be table stakes for every professional data analyst to have at least a basic understanding of SparkR and R.

7. IBM Spectrum Scale

IBM Spectrum Scale is an IaaS offering that can be deployed on premises or as a cloud service. It’s designed to efficiently manage data and application tiers, especially those tied to DevOps processes. This all-flash storage solution offers built-in flash tiering and data protection capabilities, along with support for IBM Z mainframes and other existing workloads. IBM Spectrum Scale is currently available as a limited preview through IBM Cloud for Developers.

8. Power BI Desktop (IBM Watson Analytics)

The next evolution of Power BI is Power BI Desktop, which will feature new tools for data visualization and authoring. For example, it’s said to provide authors with drag-and-drop controls that can automatically generate visuals based on data relationships; further, it will give users control over things like color palettes, font and layout. All of that makes it easier to create dynamic visualizations that are also attractive to read.

9. Flutter

A cross-platform mobile development framework that helps you build native apps for iOS and Android from a single codebase. Flutter takes care of scaling your UI as it handles each platform’s quirks. It’s not finished yet, but if you’re looking to build apps for both iOS and Android, it’s worth checking out. Go here to learn more about Flutter.

10. Angular JS 2.0

As Microsoft keeps pushing forward with its Universal Windows Platform, it’s embracing open source technologies like never before. For example, Angular 2, Microsoft’s next-generation JavaScript framework for building web apps and websites is already available as an alpha preview on GitHub.

Among other things, Angular 2 offers built-in support for mobile app development via Google’s Material Design language, supports internationalization right out of the box and is written entirely in TypeScript—Microsoft’s superset of JavaScript that promises to make working with large codebases far more manageable. With extensive documentation and guidance available on how to get started developing with Angular 2 now, expect to see some serious momentum behind Microsoft’s cross-platform HTML5 efforts over time.

11. RxJS

Once you become familiar with functional programming, observables will become your new best friend. RxJS (Reactive Extensions for JavaScript) is an implementation of Reactive Programming and Observable Pattern that allows us to create event-driven applications by modeling asynchronous data streams. Achieving event-driven design through RxJS helps us write code that is more maintainable, testable, and easier to reason about.

The flexibility and power of RxJS makes it possible to solve most problems encountered when writing asynchronous code. And as a platform that adds many new capabilities to JavaScript (such as operators), it can allow developers to get back much of what has been lost with ES6 Promises; particularly error handling.

12. Sass

At its core, Sass is a CSS preprocessor that extends traditional CSS by adding nested rules, variables, mixins and selector inheritance. Ultimately, it makes writing styles faster and easier. What’s interesting about Sass is that, unlike similar preprocessors such as Less or Stylus, it doesn’t require you to learn entirely new syntax—you can easily convert from regular CSS to Sass using your favorite text editor.

Sass also has a variety of features that help improve readability and maintainability; for example, variables can be used to store colors or other values throughout your stylesheet.

13. Gatsby.js

Gatsby.js is an open source, JavaScript framework that can be used to build both static and dynamic sites with React. It brings SEO best practices right into your build process, so you don’t have to implement them on your own after publishing. All of these features are based on today’s web standards, including ES2015 and CSS modules. Gatsby also has built-in support for things like prefetching data with Webpack, using plugins to extend functionality, using GraphQL queries to dynamically load content and SSR (server-side rendering) for making websites accessible offline.

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Hey, I am a technology consultant at AppsDevPro, a leading Mobile & Web development company that offers offshore mobile, web, frontend, full-stack developers. I have 18+ years of experience in writing and always looking for new ways to improve skills and learn from others.

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