Tools of Our Craft

We choose the right design, project management and development tools to ensure project success
You can run barefoot but it’s so much easier when shoes are on!
Here are the “sports shoes” we wear on a daily basis to make our journey to a successful software easier and faster.
PhpStorm
Visual Studio Code
Docker
Ubuntu
Kubernetes
Git
Slack
Elastic Stack
OpenShift
Helm
Jira
Postman
New Relic
Virtualbox
Sketch
Graylog
Deployer
Jenkins CI
Travis CI
Rundeck
Balsamiq
AWS
DigitalOcean
Xdebug
Our Toolbox In Detail

Wireframes

Like a good sculpture or carpenter, we choose our software development tools with care and consideration. We use tools such as Balsamiq Mockups and Draw.io to create illustrative wireframes that convey an overall impression of the software’s features, functionality, and basic navigation.

Integrated Development Environments

We tend to write code in Integrated Development Environments (IDE) dedicated to various programming languages such as PhpStorm for PHP, Eclipse for Java and Visual Studio for .NET, for example. Design, documentation, tracking, development, build, analysis, deployment, and maintenance can all be done from within an IDE.

Project Management

The keystone of all successful software development is great project management. We use JIRA to help us plan, track, manage workflows and report on your project’s progress. Like the JIRA motto says, “The best software teams ship early and often“. Slack, the messaging, collaboration and productivity tool, is our first choice for team communications.

Preserving code

When it comes to soring the source code and version control we use the industry standard Git VCS, and store the source code on private, secure Github and GitLab repositories. To ensure a smooth software deployment regardless of the size, complexity, and scale of a project we use continuous integration and delivery tools such as Jenkins and Travis CI.

Development environment

Establishment of the development environment for a larger software project can be cumbersome and time-consuming. We use Docker to maintain development environments for all the involved technical people. VirtualBox is also a very handy tool, as not all technical people in our team use UNIX based OS’es for their daily tasks.

DevOps

As part of our overall Agile development methodology, our DevOps tools and practices mean continuous software delivery, shorter time to market, more robust, stable software. Finally, we work with familiar hosting providers like AWS and DigitalOcean to provide our clients with fully customised, highly scalable solutions.

Kubernetes in combination with Docker become handy when we need to provide ecosystem which can be deployed and scaled quickly.

Scheduling and Monitoring

Whenever a software project requires lots of scheduled tasks (cron-jobs) to be executed, we entrust this task to Rundeck – a scheduling system which can be easily perceived and configured even by non-technical people.

When it comes to monitoring, we choose NewRelicTideways or Zabbix, depending on monitoring requirements and available maintenance budget.

Logging

When keeping application logs in files isn’t an option, we set up Graylog or ELK stack to accumulate all the output from the systems, to be able to find and explore activities efficiently in a vast amount of log data.

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