DevPoll: Best and Worst Developer Tools

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In issue v1.2 of our BuildBetter eMag, we chatted with some of our favorite developers about their favorite tools. We found out that Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks! loves WebPageTest.org, and the head of the LinkedIn .NET User Group—Brian Madsen—loves CodeIt.Right.

Of course we got a lot of great insights (and you should totally download the eMag and check it out!), but we wanted to pool a larger sample of developers to see what we would find.

We wanted to know:

  1. What is your most beloved developer tool (software-based)?
  2. What is your most hated developer tool (software-based)?
  3. What is your favorite, most crucial, non-software developer tool?

 

We posted the poll online in several places over the course of about six week. The average age of respondents was twenty-one (the youngest was twelve and oldest was thirty-eight).

  • Were the results statistically significant? Barely.
  • Are some biases and conceptual liberties reflected in the data? Possibly. #waytogo Prefix 😉
  • Do the following graphs represent real answers from actual developers that are not employed by nor bribed by Stackify? Absolutely.

In any event enjoy, and feel free to sound off in the comments or take the survey yourself!

 

Question #1

What is your most beloved developer tool (software-based)?

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Visual Studio / ReSharper / Prefix

Other tools that made the list include:

 

Question #2

What is your most hated developer tool (software-based)?

Eclipse (yikes)

Other tools that made the list include:

 

Question #3

What is your favorite, most crucial, non-software developer tool?

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Beer / Coffee / Handwriting Tools (whiteboards, markers, paper, etc.)

Other tools that made the list include:

What is missing here? Did one of your favorites land on the worst list? Defend it below! Friendly disagreements encouraged!

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