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Google BigQuery
Google BigQuery
Snowflake
Snowflake

I use Google BigQuery because it makes is super easy to query and store data for analytics workloads. If you're using GCP, you're likely using BigQuery. However, running data viz tools directly connected to BigQuery will run pretty slow. They recently announced BI Engine which will hopefully compete well against big players like Snowflake when it comes to concurrency.

What's nice too is that it has SQL-based ML tools, and it has great GIS support!

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Mark Nelissen
Mark Nelissen
CTO at Gemsotec bvba · | 5 upvotes · 104.9K views
Slack
Slack
HipChat
HipChat
Stride
Stride
Skype
Skype
Mattermost
Mattermost

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Dale Ross
Dale Ross
Independent Contractor at Self Employed · | 7 upvotes · 11.8K views
Freshbooks
Freshbooks
Zapier
Zapier

I started out as an Independent Contractor just about a month ago and wanted to start on the right foot. I did a bit of searching on Hacker News when I needed an Invoicing Solution. Freshbooks caught my eye initially but I decided to check StackShare for a more cost-effective solution. The Zapier integrations are pretty neat, the templates are cool and I'm looking forward to what else it has in store.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 11 upvotes · 97.6K views
atStackShareStackShare
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
PhpStorm
PhpStorm
WebStorm
WebStorm
Prettier
Prettier
Ruby
Ruby
RubyMine
RubyMine
#Help

When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip · | 3 upvotes · 215.2K views
atZulipZulip
CasperJS
CasperJS
PhantomJS
PhantomJS
Node.js
Node.js

We use CasperJS because we adopted it back in 2013 for JavaScript frontend testing. It was a really nice system back then compared to what else was out there; you had PhantomJS as a programmable browser that actually rendered CSS and everything, it was really fast (speed is a big downside of e.g. Selenium), and it was possible to make non-flaky frontend integration tests with it.

I wouldn't recommend it today, because PhantomJS is a basically dead project, and as a result, so is CasperJS. I expect we'll migrate to something else. We haven't in large part because 95% of our new tests are written with a simple Node.js-based unit testing framework we use that run 35K lines of unit tests covering most of our JS codebase in 3.6 seconds. And for the things where we want an integration test, CasperJS does work, and I think there's a good chance that waiting another year or two will result in our being able to switch to a much better option than what we'd get if we migrated now.

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