Issue #341 • January 30, 2020
I've been fairly busy lately so I'll use this intro to link to a few of the things that I've worked on in the past few months that you might be interested in checking out.
First of all, as I've done for the last five years, Net magazine commissioned me to do their year-end 'new tools for the new year' feature, which appears in their February issue, if you'd like to pick up or order a copy of that.
I've also started to do some content for a website called CodeinWP. Most of their articles are WordPress-related, but they've started branching off into other front-end topics, so I've done a couple of things for them so far. A year-end tools roundup:
In that article I discuss a bunch of tools in detail with some interactive examples and demos, covering some of my personal favourites for the year.
I also started building a code snippets section for the same website. Some of the snippets include:
There's a bunch more on there, but I'll be adding others in the coming months, so be sure to check out their site for updates (main RSS feed is here
Now on to this week's tools!
Text Editors, IDEs, Playgrounds, etc.
The New Tab Page You’ll Actually Use
The minimal new tab page you’ll actually use. Chrome and Firefox extensions available. sponsored
Better Go Playground
If you want to learn or brush up on your Go language skills, this is a JSFiddle-like environment to help you do just that.
An extension for coc.nvim to visualize your Markdown as mindmaps.
Create simple OpenAPI3 definitions in JSON format.
An online SQL database playground for testing, debugging, and sharing SQL snippets.
Free and open source code snippets manager. Helps you create, organize, and easily access your own snippets collection.
Xcode 11’s dark and light colour schemes for Vim.
VS Code extension to seamlessly integrate key PWA components into your code base.
A Synthwave-inspired colour theme for VS Code, to satisfy your neon dreams.
Vim plugin that can preview markdown in Vim terminal.
Copilot for VS Code
Media Tools (SVG, Audio, Icons, etc.)
A high-performance, feature-packed mapping library that makes it easy to put a dynamic map on any web page and can display map tiles, vector data, and markers loaded from any source.
Create custom SVG-based text for including in mockups and wireframes. Download in .svg format or code.
Convert a raster/bitmap image to SVG (vector) format.
Online tool to create maskable icons that allow you to specify a full-bleed icon that will be cropped by the user-agent to match other icons on the device (e.g. for Android devices).
Upload a photo or search directly from Unsplash and convert the photo to a duotone image using your choice of colors.
Free tool to instantly remove the background from a photo.
This works really well. Upload an image and this tool wil display the text from the image in the right pane, selectable, copyable, etc.
Official icon library from the Bootstrap team, custom designed and built for the Bootstrap components and documentation.
A whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch and export (PNG or SVG_ diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them.
Create and publish graphs built with Graphviz (software to build graphs representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks).
A free alternative to Font Awesome that consists of ~1380 flat line icons that offer complete coverage of the main Font Awesome icon set.
Service to turn your podcast or musical audio into engaging animated videos to promote your work.
Git, Github, and CLI Tools
A remote shell that automatically reconnects without interrupting the session.
A better way to search and compare repos from GitHub side by side.
A quick interactive way to visualize a GitHub user's starred repos. It relies on GitHub's API while providing a clean gallery to browse the results.
A CLI solution for Postwoman, the API request builder (alternative to Postman).
GitHub for Mobile
GitHub collaboration tools for Android (beta) or iOS (closed beta).
Platform that aggregates activity in Git to help you visualize trends, identify blockers, optimize code reviews, and ship code faster.
Track downloads for your releases hosted on GitHub.
Chrome extension to display GitHub stars in repository links.
Online tool to instantly display the first commit for any GitHub repo. Great for doing research on early versions of popular tools!
A simple way to access various statistics in a Git repository.