Choosing the appropriate open source development tools for your IT department can be an overwhelming decision. Application leaders must choose from a variety of features, integrations, hardware and software compatibility, and more. In order to help you pick an appropriate solution, we’ve compiled a list of 9 different open source development tools available for businesses. Other open source enterprise software tends to be offered at different price points, with their community accessible version offered for free. Open source development tools are unique in that they are built by and for developers, as opposed to being developed for profit. Every tool on this list is available in full capacity for free, and users will have access to source code, user guides, and more.
Git is an open source distributed version control system designed to handle both small and large projects. Its unique branching model allows users to create multiple local branches that are completely independent. Branches can easily be created, merged, or deleted. This allows for smooth context switching, role-based code lines, feature-based workflows, disposable experimentation, and more. Users can pick and choose which branches to push to a remote repository, and can easily exchange or delete certain releases. Git is used by companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
Bootstrap is a front-end component library used for building responsive, mobile-first projects on the web. Developers can work in HTML, CSS, and JS, and have access to jQuery plugins, Sass variables and mixins, prebuilt components, and more. Bootstrap contains CSS and JS-based design templates for buttons, typography, forms, navigation, and other interface components or projects. Bootstrap is designed for simplifying the development of informative web pages, and its primary purpose is to affect the color, size, font, and layout of web projects.
Emacs is a customizable, cross-platform, real-time display editor. It includes built-in documentation and a tutorial for new users. Emacs comes with full Unicode support, content-aware editing modes, a packaging system for downloading and installing extensions, and more. Emacs also comes with unique features including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, and calendar. Users have full access to additional documentation, Emacs wiki, history, and other product information on the GNU website.
Atom is a greatly customizable text editor meant to easily integrate with other commonly used developer tools. Features include cross-platform editing, built-in package manager, smart auto-completion, and a file system browser. Additionally, customize your work environment with open source packages, themes, as well as UI and source code alteration. Integrations include functionalities like Teletype, which allows users to collaborate with other developers in real time, and GitHub, which allows for in-app branch creation, software update pushes and pulls, and much more.
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