Top 5 software development tools

From the moment you begin developing software, whether as a freelancer for a startup or working in a big company, having the right software development tools is essential. These tools cover a wide range of needs, from helping you organize your work to uploading and transferring files and much more.

By taking advantage of the full capability of these great software development tools you can work towards high quality deliveries (even without being an expert in coding).

Check out some of the best software development tools available on the market and how you can make the best out of each one.

Top 5 software development tools


Many software developers out there use NotePadPro as an all inclusive text-editor.

It supports many different kinds of formatting, including HTML, Perl, LaTeX, Java, Javascript, VHDL and more.

According to the information on their website, these are a few of the advantages it offers (that landed it the first spot on our top 5 software development tools list):

  • multiple-level undo/redo
  • blazingly fast and flexible search & replace tools
  • easy-to-use wildcards for searching (like * and ?)
  • real-time word count (NoteTab or Microsoft Word method)
  • text statistics for SEO (HTML code automatically ignored)
  • support for HTML5 and CSS3
  • syntax highlighting for HTML, XML, and CSS files
  • a multilingual spell checker and thesaurus


Harvest is widely known amongst software developers due to its time tracking feature.

It has a powerful reporting tool that gives you realtime access to your process/project metrics, such as time elapsed and project budget control.

However, it does offer many other features that secured its spot on our software development tools list, such as:

  • Time & expense tracking
  • Powerful reporting
  • Unlimited invoices & estimates
  • Project budget alerts
  • Timesheet approval

Check out all available features as well as their plans and pricing options.


Heroku is a cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that supports several programming languages used as a web application deployment model. It’s a platform that allows you to easily deploy, manage and scale applications that have been written in a wide variety of languages such as Java, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Node.js, Clojure or Scala.

Most of its users say that Heroku is the perfect choice for startups or small teams that don’t have the necessary resources (time or money) to meddle with server administration themselves.

Check out the different plans/pricing options Heroku offers.


Zapier is an online app that allows users to connect hundreds of web apps in a matter of minutes. It’s the easiest way to integrate your favorite app or platform to more than 750 web applications.

An integration between two apps is called a Zap. A Zap is made up of two parts: a trigger and an action.

Whenever the trigger happens in one app, Zapier automatically performs the action in another app. It’s every software developer’s Swiss army knife.

You can click here to check some of the most popular zaps or check out their help content to learn how to create your own integrations.


Pipefy deserves its spot on any top software development tools list. You can use it not only to help you manage and keep track of your everyday maintenance tasks but also to manage all parallel IT processes such as bug tracking, software performance testing or a/b testing.

Pipefy provides a number of useful pre-designed process templates that will make it a lot faster to create and manage your own. The bug tracking template, for example, will help you file any reported bugs, classifying them based on type and priority so they can be forwarded to the right people responsible for fixing them.

The product roadmap template will act as an integrated spreadsheet for managing the roadmap of your startup.

Prioritize goals, make forecasts, measure improvements and more.

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Written by Alessio Alionço, Tech Entrepreneur | 5+ Years Product Management | Founder & CEO of Pipefy, founder of Acessozero (acquired) | An addicted on technology, books and sports.