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Online mind mapping tools

Online mind mapping tools

I’ve been using mind mapping tools for years for creating plans or elaborating ideas. So far, my favorite offline software was FreeMind. It hasn’t been updated for years, but it is open source and has impressive features, like formatting nodes, icons, good keyboard support, adding links, colorful clouds for branches, and much more. Just take a look at the screenshot in Wikipedia. Today I decided to look for some online alternative for easier access on any device (also mobile) and simplified sharing.

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My favorite graphing tool – Graphviz

My favorite graphing tool – Graphviz

I used to create many graphs, usually the kind of dependency/hierarchy (see the previous post about Programming paradigms in JavaScript).

A long time ago I discovered a perfect tool for a developer to create and maintain various graphs – Graphviz. You can download it and use offline, but there are also online interpreters for quick experiments, for example:

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Restore a computer backup from “Backup and Sync from Google”

Restore a computer backup from “Backup and Sync from Google”

I use the Backup and Sync from Google application that allows synchronizing all or a part of Google Drive cloud with a local folder. It also allows creating hot backup of selected folders. It monitors files in those folders and any change initiates immediate synchronization with the cloud. All folders from one computer are grouped into that machine name, and you can have multiple computers backed up (well, parts of them, it is not a full backup).

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Add Jasmine unit testing support to Angular in StackBlitz

Add Jasmine unit testing support to Angular in StackBlitz

I mentioned StackBlitz in the post about online code editors. This service allows for creating i.a. running Angular applications. Once I wanted to execute unit tests written in Jasmine inside it, and I hit a lot of troubles. Finally, I managed to resolve them all.

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My favorite bookmarklets

My favorite bookmarklets

Bookmarklets are an “ancient” idea to execute custom scripts on arbitrary pages. I haven’t really heard people using it nowadays, but there still seem to be present several interesting scripts to improve browsing. A few years ago I created several scripts to add custom formatting and features to Jira board and issue pages and recently I created an “add-on” to Trello and I discovered some bookmarklets created by others, which I list below.

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Services to host source code and embed running applications – Gist, Codepen, JSFiddle, Glitch, StackBlitz

Services to host source code and embed running applications – Gist, Codepen, JSFiddle, Glitch, StackBlitz

If you want to show source code in a page or blog, create examples of running HTML/CSS/JavaScript code, or sample React/Angular/Node.js applications – you can use external services that allow hosting, versioning, embedding and even running applications.

I have checked several of them and each solution has both advantages and drawbacks. I don’t think it is possible to select a single service and use it for all cases, because they were created to fulfill different needs and different complexity.

In this article I present Github Gist, Codepen, JSFiddle, Glitch and StackBlitz, giving examples of what they could be used for.

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