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My developer/it pro toolkit for Windows (2021)

Every IT professional / programmer / developer has a toolkit to do be more productive. It’s the based on years of experience, tips from colleagues, friends, and experts.
This is my list of tools that I use more often. I don’t use every tool every day.

This is my first list and it will be interesting to see how this will evolve year over year.

Misc

Windows Terminal / If you are a terminal user this is for you. It’s a modern implementation of a terminal for Windows. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.
Chocolatey / The Package Manager for Windows. Forget browsing to the website of your favorite tool, click download, open the setup, next-next-next-finish. Just write choco install mytool -y and you’re done!
Windows Subsystem for Linux / A complete GNU/Linux environment inside Windows. I use this to learn or explore Linux commands. It’s fast and without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine.
Notepad2 / A replacement for the standard notepad.exe. Syntax highlight support, super light and fast!
Visual Studio Code / Free. Built on open source. Runs everywhere. Free. Built on open source. Runs everywhere. A swiss-army knife for any code related activity.
Nightingale / A native Windows application REST client. An alternative to Postman. A lovely UI and smooth user experience.
PowerToys / A collection of tools to improve your Windows experience.
ZoomIt / It’s perfect to zoom on the screen and draw arrows, lines, and rectangles while doing screen sharing sessions.
Fork / a great UI for git.
Total Commander / A replacement of Windows File Explorer. Good old, feature rich and you can use it with just keyboard shortcuts. Blazing fast to rename, move or copy batch of files.
Markdown Monster / An IDE for your markdown files!
Fiddler / THE web debugger.
BeyondCompare / Compare directories, files, exe… If you have to compare something this is the tool you’re looking for.
SnagIt / screen capture on steroids
Procmon / Do you want to know every single detail of what happens in your registry, file system, and processes/thread activities? This is the tool that you’ll open to diagnose issues or behaviors happening on Windows.

Visual Studio Code Extensions

GitLens / Git superpowers in your VS Code.
Docker for VS Code / You can get IntelliSense when editing your Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml files, with completions and syntax help for common commands.
PowerShell / Bye bye PowerShell ISE.
RESTClient / Send HTTP request directly and view the response directly from VS Code. It can also generate code snippets to make HTTP call in the most common languages.

4 tips to increase your productivity and reduce stress

Let me tell you how addicted to urgency you are. Do you have notifications enabled on your phone for WhatsApp, Slack, Email, Sms, Facebook, Twitter? Do you read a notification a few seconds after you heard it? Then you’re an addicted to urgency. If you’re not this blog post is not for you.

Drop it

The first thing you have to know about productivity is that the less you do the more you can do. Dropping things is the number one way to scale and feel better at the end of the day.

Saying no to things it’s hard but it’s even worse to delay our very important deadlines and schedules.

Turn off notifications

When it’s “hammer time” turn off your phone notifications and ringtone and never look back. No one is going to blame you if you don’t answer to that e-mail because you were focusing in the exact thing you’re supposed to do. Your main job is not to answer e-mail (unless you’re a manager?). Turn off notifications of Skype, Outlook, etc: everything in your workstation.

Free your mind

When something comes up to your mind while you’re working write it down quickly in a place (post-it is the best) and then go back to what you were doing. This will free your mind from thinking about it and look at the collection of post-it you’ll have created later. Some things that seemed so important in that moment are totally useless and you’ll throw them away.

Follow The One Email Rule

From Scott Hanselman

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