This month’s most useful tools for developers – January 2017

Tim LeRoy
on 16 January 2017

Some are about new thinking or new techniques, some are about old or legacy technology and some are just useful resources for different languages or platforms.  The brief is simple – if we think they’re useful, you might too.

The Dootrix team share their most useful.



Want to know exactly which tools should be on your radar in 2017? StackShare’s 3rd annual look at what we’re using, and what we like makes sometimes predictable and sometimes surprising reading. [Link]


React featured heavily in that list and “The good news is that you can boil everything you need to know about React down to five key concepts.” [Link]

Crafting a high-performance TV user interface using React, from the Netflix dev team. [Link]


“Instagram uses OpenGL for most of its image editing and filtering. OpenGL isn’t colour managed; it operates on a range (say, 0.0 to 1.0), and it’s up to the output surface to determine what colours that actually maps to.”

Bringing Wide Color to Instagram. [Link]


Want to know what’s been updated in Windows recently? [Link]

Top Ten Algorithms in Interviews

“If you are preparing for a coding interview, going through these problems is a must.” …apparently. Sort through this list of strings and search for the theory that links them all… [Link]


You might not need scripts

Neat and often more efficient in mobile browsers: “Because, you might not need scripts for that task at all!” [Link]

A prettier formatter.

As James explains: “It ain’t much but I like it” [Link]

Know It All

Master web development with these 9,985 weird tricks.‘Know It All’, a tool to help you discover what you don’t yet know about web development. [Link]

Visual Studio

Visual Studio Code – a code editor redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. [Link]

Clean Code

The importance of writing clean code. Probably an obvious thing to say, and as Tony pointed out the article is mainly summarising the chapters in Bob Martin’s book but it makes a strong argument. [Link]

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