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Listing of tools used at various organizations to enhance Developer Education.
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Accessibility

Captivoice - Listen to anything you want to read, personalize learning and teaching, overcome learning and print disabilities.
Chrome Developer Accessibility Tools - A variety of developer tools to audit website for accessibility.
VoiceOver - a screen reader built into Apple Inc.'s macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iPod operating systems.
Color Oracle - Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for Windows, Mac and Linux.

AI Coding

Github Copilot - Get suggestions for whole lines or entire functions right inside your editor.
tabnine - Code faster with AI completions.

Analytics/Dashboards

Google Analytics - Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic,
Tableau - Tableau Software is an American interactive data visualization software company focused on business intelligence.
Yet Analytics
Watershed - Collect and standardize data across your learning ecosystem to automate reporting, reduce scrap learning, and aid in the continuous improvement of learning and development.

Authoring/Content Development Tool

Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications and services from Adobe Inc. that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services.
Articulate - Simplifies course authoring and e-learning development. Main products Articulate 360 & Rise.
Ellucidat -  Elearning authoring tool, in-app support and dedicated customer success team.
Emaze - makes it easy for teachers to create fun, interactive lessons that keep their students “zoomed in”.
Pikochart - Improve your internal and external communication with Piktochart. Quickly turn any text- or data-heavy content into a visual story that your audience will love.
Powtoon - Cloud-based animation software for creating animated presentations and animated explainer videos.
Prezi - Creating deeper engagement and meaning through impactful visuals and movement, Prezi is a suite of content design, presentation, and video tools that make anyone a more effective communicator.
Tango - Automatically create how-to guides with screenshots
Visme - Create visual brand experiences for your business whether
you are a seasoned designer or a total novice.

Blog Publications

Medium - an open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.

Code Repositories

BitBucket - a Git-based source code repository hosting service owned by Atlassian
GitHub - a Git-based source code repository hosting service owned by Microsoft.

Collaboration & Communication Tools

Confluence - a web-based corporate wiki developed by Atlassian.
Discord - a VoIP, instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called "servers".
Google Chat - communication software developed by Google built for teams that provides direct messages and team chat rooms, along with a group messaging function that allows Google Drive content sharing. It is one of two apps that constitute the replacement for Google Hangouts, the other being Google Meet.
Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams primarily competes with the similar service Slack, offering workspace chat and videoconferencing, file storage, and application integration.
Slack - a proprietary business communication platform developed by American software company Slack Technologies. Slack offers many IRC-style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

Compliance Training

Ethena - Compliance Training for Today’s Teams. Get your team compliant with engaging, evidence-based training. Our easy-to-use software handles all the administrative details.

Computational Notebooks

Jupyter Notebook - an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text.

Content Provider

Google CodeLabs -  provides a guided, tutorial, hands-on coding experience. Most codelabs will step you through the process of building a small application, or adding a new feature to an existing application. They cover a wide range of topics such as Android Wear, Google Compute Engine, Project Tango, and Google APIs on iOS.
Linkedin Learning - offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. It is a subsidiary of LinkedIn.
O’Reilly Learning Platform - From books to leading tech conferences to a groundbreaking online learning platform, we’ve focused on creating the best technical learning content for more than four decades.
Pluralsight - A wealth of tools to assess engineers skills, identify gaps, take training, engage in interactive labs and even analyze your source control for learning opportunities.
Scrimba - a fun and fast way of learning to code! Our interactive courses and tutorials will teach you React, Vue, Angular, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and more.

Continuous Delivery Platform

Spinnaker - Spinnaker is a free and open-source continuous delivery software platform originally developed by Netflix and extended by Google. It is designed to work with Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Spinnaker was developed by Netflix as a successor to the internally developed Asgard.

Design Prototyping

Adobe XD - Go from idea to prototype to sharing faster. Then handoff to developers.  Fast, versatile artboards. Interactive prototypes. Smart canvas navigation.
Figma - a vector graphics editor and prototyping tool which is primarily web-based, with additional offline features enabled by desktop applications for macOS and Windows.
Invision - Turn your static screens into interactive prototypes like the pros.
Sketch - Quickly link different parts of your design and create prototypes to test out your ideas. Share them in the browser with a link, try them in the Mac app or test them on your device.

Developer Portals

Backstage -  Spotify's open platform for building developer portals. Powered by a centralized software catalog, Backstage restores order to your infrastructure and enables your product teams to ship high-quality code quickly — without compromising autonomy.
Roadie - Backstage hosting. Roadie's SaaS platform handles hosting and upgrades and ensures you always have access to the latest Backstage features.
Clutch - Lyft’s open-source developer portal with extensible UI and API platform for infrastructure tooling. Clutch empowers engineering teams to build, run, and maintain user-friendly workflows that also incorporate domain-specific safety mechanisms and access controls.
OpsLevel - Microservice Catalog helps your teams track service ownership and ship more secure & resilient systems, all without compromising velocity.
Moment - Infrastructure-aware notebooks that reduce support burden on platform and SRE teams, and save users time.
Effx - Build your microservice catalog in minutes. Information about a team's services, whether its documentation, dashboards, and bug trackers -- you name it, tends to exist in multiple tools. effx creates the single pane of glass to help them know the ins-and-outs of their team's resources.
Cortex - a highly-scalable and cost-effective serverless computing platform that runs on your AWS account. It scales microservices, data processing, machine learning, and other compute-intensive real-time and batch workloads. Cortex is designed to handle production traffic of up to 20M QPS and is up to 90% less expensive than AWS Lambda.

Developer Productivity/Growth

Botany.io - a virtual coach for your entire engineering team. Using data and real-time nudges, Botany helps engineering teams improve processes, develop better habits, and foster a more informed and collaborative team.

Documentation

Static site generators that can be used to create developer documentation

Hugo - fast and modern static site generator written in Go, and designed to make website creation fun again.
Jekyll - Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator for personal, project, or organization sites. Written in Ruby by Tom Preston-Werner, GitHub's co-founder, it is distributed under the open source MIT license.
MkDocs - a fast, simple and downright gorgeous static site generator that's geared towards building project documentation. Documentation source files are written in Markdown, and configured with a single YAML configuration file.
Sphinx - Sphinx is a documentation generator written and used by the Python community. It is written in Python, and also used in other environments.

Email Marketing

Mail Chimp - marketing automation platform and email marketing service

Employee Directory

Many homegrown solution built internally

Funnelback - a smart search platform that gives your team the ability to promote results, customize the look and feel of your search, harvest insights from search data and unite separate content systems into a single search.

Google Cloud Search - Use the power of Google to search across your company’s content. From Gmail and Drive to Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, and more, Google Cloud Search answers your questions and delivers relevant suggestions to help you throughout the day.

Flow Charts

Lucidchart - a web-based proprietary platform that allows users to collaborate on drawing, revising and sharing charts and diagrams.

Forms & Surveys

Cognito Forms - Easily build powerful forms – without code. Create surveys, registration forms and more with our free online form builder.
FormStack - a workplace productivity platform that helps organizations streamline digital work through no-code online forms, documents, and signatures.
Google Forms - a survey administration software included as part of the free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite offered by Google.
Performativ - analytics software that optimizes program impact by demonstrating value and identifying improvement opportunities.
Qualtrics - Improve your employee training programs. Real time, automated training assessment insights.
Survey Monkey - our powerful features help you design surveys with confidence and maximize your data’s potential.
Typeform - You don't want to make a boring form. And your audience won't answer one. Create a typeform instead—and make everyone happy.

Gamification Software

Kahoot! - a game-based learning platform

Graphic Design

Canva - thousands of professional templates, images and quality content to choose from, get a head start on bringing your best ideas and work to life.
Noun Project - aggregates and catalogs symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world.

Headless CMS

Contentful - is the API-first content management platform to create, manage and publish content on any digital channel.
Strapi - is the next-gen headless CMS, open-source, javascript, enabling content-​rich experiences to be created, managed and exposed to any digital device.

Help Desk

ZenDesk - Solve customer support tickets via web, email, phone, SMS, and social media— all in one place.

IDE

IntelliJ - IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition.
Visual Studio - Microsoft provided full-featured IDE to code, debug, test, and deploy to any platform.

In-App Guides

WalkMe - code-free editor to proactively guide users to complete any business process across single or multiple applications using strategically placed and personalized content delivered at the moment of need.

Incident Management

Pager Duty - cloud computing company specializing in a SaaS incident response platform for IT departments.
BLESK - an opensource lightweight client for pushing notifications to web based applications/sites.

Integration & Automation Tools

Zapier - Easy automation for busy people. Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work

Interactive Video

Playposit - Interactive video creates an environment where viewers explore, analyze, and apply concepts through enriched learning content.

Learning Platforms

Adobe Connect - a suite of software for remote training, web conferencing, presentation, and desktop sharing.
Continu - helps you create a learning experience that engages and connects small teams and large enterprises.
Docebo - Create and manage content, deliver training, and measure the business impact of your programs with Docebo’s AI-based Learning Suite.
PlusPlus - a learning platform for unleashing your internal expertise. Integrate workshops & classes, self-paced content, mentorship & coaching, and guided tracks, all under one umbrella. Get higher engagement, deeper cultural immersion, and quicker onboarding.

Mentorship

Everwise - connects employees with the people, resources and feedback they need to be more productive and successful at every stage of their career.
Chronus - mentoring software makes it easy to start, manage and measure mentoring programs.

Online Code Editors

AWS Cloud9 - AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) that lets you write, run, and debug your code with just a browser.
CodeEnvy - Develop code with portable Docker runtimes. Workspaces “dev mode” production adding intellisense, debuggers and desktop sync. Create teams for sharing at codenvy.io or in a private install.
CodePen - a social development environment for front-end designers and developers.
Codeply - A fast, free, frontend editor with frameworks included.
CodeSandbox - an online code editor and prototyping tool that makes creating and sharing web apps faster.
GitPod - streamlines developer workflows by providing prebuilt, collaborative development environments in your browser - powered by VS Code.
Glitch - a friendly community that makes it super easy to build a full-stack app and launch it on a secure URL in under a minute.
JsBin - a tool for experimenting with web languages. In particular HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but JS Bin also supports other languages too (like Markdown, Jade and Sass).
JsFiddle - Test your JavaScript, CSS, HTML or CoffeeScript online with JSFiddle code editor.
LiveWeave - a HTML, CSS & JavaScript playground for web designers and developers.
PlayCode - The fastest and simplest javascript playground with real-time result view and console. Learn, test and prototype easier.
Stackblitz - Create, edit & deploy fullstack apps with faster package installations & greater security than even local environments.

Paired Programming

Tuple - remote pair programming app on macOS

Podcasting

Storyboard -Now you can distribute private podcasts, on-demand audio messages and more to your own organization.

Polling

Poll Everywhere - Capture audience feedback across remote meetings and hybrid workspaces through live online polling, surveys, Q&As, quizzes, word clouds, and more.
Mentimeter - Whether you’re leading a meeting, hosting a workshop or training your team make sure that you make it productive, inclusive and fun with Mentimeter.
Sli.do - Engage your participants with live polls, Q&A, quizzes and word clouds
— whether you meet in the office, online or in-between.

Productivity

Clockwise - a smart calendar assistant that frees up your time so you can focus on what matters.
Code Blocks for Google Docs - Code Blocks makes it easy to put your code into Google Docs. Simply select some text, click the "Format" button, and it will be formatted with the color theme of your choice.
Dark Reader - Chrome extension to display dark mode for every website.
Diagrams.net (Drawio) - an open source technology stack for building diagramming applications, and the world’s most widely used browser-based end-user diagramming software.
Epoc Cam - Easily turn your phone into a high definition Mac or PC webcam.
Grammarly - a cross-platform cloud-based writing assistant that reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement and delivery mistakes in real-time.


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Project Management

Asana - a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.
Jira - built for every member of your software team to plan, track, and release great software.
Monday - Cloud-based platform that allows companies to create their own applications and work management software.
SmartSheets - a software as a service offering for collaboration and work management. It is used to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other work, using a tabular user interface.
Trello - a web-based, Kanban-style, list-making application and is a subsidiary of Atlassian.

Recognition/Digital Badging

Accredible - is one of the only platforms available that is a full service digital credentialing solution. Certificates, diplomas, badges, blockchain credentials, and wallet cards - all in one place.

Relational Database Tool

AirTable - a platform for building collaborative applications. Integrate with all your favorite apps and services. Types: Content Calendar, Social Media Calendar, Project Tracker, Org Chart, Product Planning, Bug Tracker, Event Planning, User Research, Project Management.

Screen Capture

Camtasia - Record your screen and edit videos with a powerful, yet easy-to-use video editor to create professional-looking videos.
Screencast-o-matic - offers teams video creation solutions for faster, clearer communication. Videos for coaching, marketing, demos, training and more.
Screencastify - a browser extension you can use to record, edit, and share videos.
ScreenFlow - a screencasting and video editing software for the macOS operating system.
Vidyard - an online video platform for business which allows you to increase leads, accelerate your pipeline and delight your customers.

Self-Service Support

Stack Overflow - a question and answer website for professional and enthusiast programmers.
Discourse - is open source modern forum software for your community that you can use for a searchable Q&A.
ZenDesk Knowledgebase -  help center software organizes knowledge and empowers customers and agents with that information.

Social Learning

FlipGrid - a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for learners. Create a conversation starter. Share it with your learning community. View and share their video responses.
Kialo - With Kialo, discussions and debates are clearly visualized as an interactive tree of pro and con arguments.

Streaming Tools

mmhmm - Present like a pro, or be present when you’re in the audience. With mmhmm, everyone on your team can make meetings better.
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) - is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Transcription

Otter - Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, and other important voice conversations with Otter, your AI-powered assistant.
Tactiq for Google Meet Transcription - With recording of live captions in Google Meet, you'll never miss a word
Trint - Turn audio and video into searchable, editable and shareable content in up to 31 languages.

Sourcegraph - Find and fix things across all of your code faster with Sourcegraph. Onboard to a new codebase, make large-scale refactors, increase efficiency, address security risks, root-cause incidents, and more.

Video Conferencing

Google Meet - a video-communication service developed by Google.
Zoom - secure, reliable video platform powers all of your communication needs, including meetings, chat, phone, webinars, and online events.

Video Editing

Descript - All-in-one audio & video editing, as easy as a doc.

Video Messaging

bombbomb - Instead of relying on faceless, typed-out text, BombBomb helps you communicate more effectively by sending personal videos.
Loom - Record quick videos of your screen and cam. An essential tool for hybrid workplaces.
Threadit - Short video recordings to share work, connect your team, and help you get your day back.
Voicethread - Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

Video Repositories

Kaltura MediaSpace Video Portal - is a market-leading video solution that offers an incredibly flexible environment so you can unify videos from your entire company, under your branding, with your workflows, and displaying only your content.
Panopto - a software company that provides lecture recording, screencasting, video streaming, and video content management software, which is often used in E-learning environments.
Vimeo - Simple tools for any professional, team, and organization to create, manage, and share high-quality videos.
Wistia - easy-to-use platform for detailed analytics on your company videos.
YouTube - video hosting by Google

Virtual Water Cooler

Donut - Connect serendipitously for virtual coffee, peer learning, DEI discussions, and more over Slack.

Whiteboard Collaboration

JamBoard - digital interactive whiteboard developed by Google to work with Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite.
Miro - online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere.
Mural - a digital workspace for visual collaboration, where everyone can do their best work together.

Workspace Collaboration

Coda - No more ping-ponging between documents, spreadsheets, and niche workflow apps to get things done. Coda brings all of your words and data into one flexible surface.
Notion - an application that provides components such as notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders. Users can connect these components to create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management, project management, among others.

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