VSHN.timer #216: New Products on the Radar

5. Feb 2024

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about some useful new tools we’ve been spotting and discovering lately.

1. Despite what Microsoft would make us believe, Visual Studio Code is not the only game in town. Zed is a high-performance, multiplayer code editor from the creators of Atom and Tree-sitter. It’s also open source!


2. DevDocs combines multiple API documentations (frameworks, programming languages, DevOps tools…) in a fast, organized, and searchable interface. Think Zeal or Dash, but on the web.


3. More tooling for better documentation: Penrose is a platform that enables people to create beautiful diagrams just by typing notation in plain text. Although at VSHN we’re big fans of Kroki for that.


4. How do you document your database schemas? dbdocs creates web-based database documentation using DSL code, and dbdiagram helps you draw ER diagrams by just writing code.


5. Domain Digger and dns.toys have proven extremely helpful in diagnosing those pesky DNS configuration errors that plague our lives.


6. BONUS: Quickemu quickly creates and runs highly optimised desktop virtual machines for Linux, macOS and Windows… with just two commands!


How do you document your code and infrastructure? Do you apply the mantra of “Documentation as Code”? Would you like to share some other noteworthy products with our audience? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

PS: check out our previous VSHN.timer editions about products: #114, #134, #167, and #192.

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Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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