Dev productivity tips & tools

The following tips and tools are found to be useful in the daily life of a developer

Tips

The following tips would improve the speed and consistency in work. Decreases the lazyness around working productively.

Keyboard shortcuts

  1. Selects the whole thing - Shift + fn + ->

  2. More control over the selection - Shift + ->

  3. Word by word movement - Ctrl + ->

Intellij specific

Search the codebase - Press Shift 2 times

Windows-specific

Snippet - Win + Shift + S Powershell options - Win + X Organize windows - Win + -> or <-

Emoji

Bring brilliance to the discussion.

Emoji

GitHub Markdown

🎉

:tada:

👍

:+1:

😂

:joy:

😃

:smiley:

💚

:green_heart:

Note: complete emoji list.

Unicode symbols

Unicode arrows (→ ⇒ ⇄ ↻) reference link

Thank you

Thank at the beginning, during and at the end of any process.

In a Pull Request (PR) there are about 10 Thank you's!

Shall we ask questions or give a request or suggestion?

Even though we are sure about something, let us give some room for discussion by asking a question.

Email etiquette

See https://www.grammarly.com/blog/how-to-end-an-email/

Privacy

Mail address

Make sure to have a different email addresss for Open Source discussion with a pseudony, such for example, corepointer or j143. So that email address can be j143 [at] protonmail.com.

Full name

Full name of a person is to be kept private.

  1. If you are using Gmail, navigate to https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/accounts.

  2. In the edit info section, you might want to remove your second name! :)

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_privilege.

Tools

Grammar correction tool

Always check for typos in emails, comments or discussions.

Some tools: Grammarly

The chat language ("u" instead of "you") to be avoided, write down full sentences.

Pomodoro technique

Manage time and stay undistracted!

How it works?

  1. Choose a task you'd like to get done

  2. Set the timer for 25 minutes

  3. Work on the task until the time completes

  4. Note it as one pomodoro

  5. Take a short break

see https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique

A chrome extension at https://github.com/schmich/marinara

Git documentation

One stop shopping for all that is git.

see https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Getting-Started-Installing-Git

Vocabulary

The words that we frequently use in development conversations

For example:

  1. How to understand a problem, better?

Aritcle link: https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/the-task-of-turning-vague-thoughts-into-more-precise-ones/

  1. Many things just don't work the first time, and we do need to repeat them again and again.

Article link: https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/on-resilience

External links

  1. A Human Guide to Developer Productivity. link: https://snipcart.com/blog/guide-developer-productivity-tools