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Awesome Developer-First

A curated list of awesome developer-first products.
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The definition of developer-first for this repo is:

  • Developers are the target audience.
  • "Headless", "API-first", "SaaS" are frequently used keywords.
  • Usually, this means that the front page has some code examples.
  • Products - tools/services that people pay for.
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Contents​


Analytics​

Track web/app visitors.

  • Mixpanel - Product analytics and dashboards.
  • Baremetrics - Subscription analytics for Stripe.
  • Segment - Collect user data and send it to your other tools.
  • Heap - Product analytics API for web and mobile, captures all events.
  • Pirsch - Privacy-friendly web analytics with a backend integration and API.

Authentication & Identity​

Products that handle authentication and user identity for you.

  • Auth0 - Authentication & authorization as a service.
  • AWS cognito - AWS's authentication as a service.
  • Okta - Embeddable authentication with SSO.
  • LoginRadius - Managed user authentication service with SSO.
  • Firebase Auth - Google Firebase's take on authentication.
  • Magic.link - Passwordless (email-based) log in as a service.
  • Oso - Authorization framework (RBAC).
  • Hanko - Passwordless (WebAuthn API) PSD2, eIDAS, and GDPR compliant.
  • SuperTokens - Opensource and hosted email & Oauth authentication with prebuilt UI.
  • Permit.io - Permissions and access-control as a service.
  • FusionAuth - Security-centric authentication as a Service, including self-hosting.

CI/CD​

Continious Integration/Delivery.

  • CircleCI - YML to configure your builds, parallel jobs, jobs marketplace.
  • Gitlab - Open source CI and hosted solution with Github-like abilities.
  • Gitpod - Automated cloud dev environments.

CMS (headless)​

Backend only Content Management System, you decide on frontend and consume content via API.

Code Quality​

Check your code quality.

Computer Vision​

Manipulate and detect visual data.

  • clarifai - Set of computer vision APIs.
  • CloudSight - Digital media brand recognition.
  • Google Vision AI - Google's AI vision APIs.
  • roboflow - Simplified computer vision model creation for developers.
  • Scanbot SDK - Structured data extraction from images for applications.

Databases & Spreadsheets​

Storing data and processing it.

  • Airtable - Database and spreadsheet hybrid with an API.
  • Supabase - Hosted and open source managed postgres DB like firebase.
  • PlanetScale - Hosted managed MySQL database, CI integration & auto scaling.

Debugging​

Tools that help in tracking bugs.

  • Google Cloud's operations suite - Set of debug primitives (capture, log injection, etc) for Google cloud.
  • Lightrun - Debug production servers using a plugin in the IDE (on-prem or SaaS) that supports Java, Node.js, and Python.
  • Rookout - Debug production servers via a cloud-based debugger. Supporting Java, .Net, Node.js, Python, and Ruby.

Deployment Hosting​

Products that help you deploy your app/website.

  • Render - Deploy from git to a CDN with SSL.
  • Vercel - Deploy JAMStack (mainly Next.js) via CLI.
  • Netlify - Deploy JAMStack (mainly Gatsby) via CLI.
  • Heroku - Deploy via CLI to scalable servers.
  • Digital Ocean App Platform - Deploy and don't care about infrastructure, works with all major frameworks.
  • Platform.sh - Continuously deploy full-stack apps.
  • Fly.io - Deploy dockerized full stack apps via a location-aware service (latency reduction).
  • Railway - Out of the box git to deployment with auto scaling, DBs, secrets and rollbacks.

Discussions​

Comments and forums.

  • Commento - Privacy centric embeddable comment system.
  • MuutIo - Tools to create a community-driven app.
  • Bazaarvoice - Ratings, reviews as a service.
  • Yotpo - Reviews ratings and Q&A as a service.

Documentation​

Documentation solutions.

  • readme - Personalized and dynamic developer docs.
  • DeveloperHub - Collaborative developer documentation platform.
  • swimm - Docs that are coupled with your code, auto-synced, works with your IDE.
  • Mintlify - AI powered code documentation, IDE extension (open source).

Environment & Secret Management​

Manage environment variables and secrets for multiple apps or projects.

  • Vault - API driven secret key management.
  • Doppler - Environment variable management across projects, in one place.
  • 1Password Secrets Automation - Secrets management with integration to 1Password.
  • Envkey - Environment management with syncing mechanism for all apps.
  • Ubiq - Encryption APIs wiht secret management

Feature Flags​

Control production features with conditional flags in your code.

  • LaunchDarkly - Feature flags-as-a-service platform.
  • split - Feature flags platform with data analytics.
  • Flagsmith - Feature flags-as-a-service platform simplified.

GEO​

Location services.

  • Radar - Geofencing and geo APIs.
  • mapbox - Maps and locations products for devs.
  • SmartyStreets - US Reverse Geocoding and Address Verification APIs.

IDE​

Products that extend your IDE and help development.

  • Codota - AI code completions for your IDE.
    • TabNine - Deep learning completion (part of codota).
  • Kite - AI assistant in your IDE (Python or JS).

Infrastructure as Code​

Declare your infrastructure and reproducibly provision cloud infrastrucure from it.

  • Terraform - DSL, open-source and free (paid solution adds team management, policy-as-code...).
  • Pulumi - Developer-first IaC with Python, TypeScript, Go and more languages...

Integrations​

Integration management systems or products that ease integration development

  • Apideck - Integration marketplace builder, one-API with 3rd parties for quick development.

Localization​

Translating your product (also denoted i18n).

  • Localazy - App translation built for developers.
  • Tolgee - Developer & translator friendly web-based localization platform.

Mail​

Sending emails as a service.

Media​

Media APIs (optimization, CDN).

  • Cloudinary - Optimize, create, manage, and deliver images and videos.
  • imgix - Transforms, optimizes, and cache images.
  • ImageKit - Automate image optimization, transformation, and delivery.
  • Mux - APIs to upload, manage, and stream video.
  • Pintura - A fully configurable JavaScript image editor SDK.
  • APITemplate.io - APIs to generate images and PDFs from reusable templates.

Messaging​

Messaging APIs - SMS, notifications, chats, and VoIP.

  • Twilio - SMS, push notifications, and VoIP APIs.
  • Vonage - Video, SMS, chat, and voice APIs.
  • stream - Feed and chat as a service.
  • Applozic - Chat SDKs, real-time messaging.

Misc​

Different products that probably don't have a category.

  • Actyx - Developer-first factory building.
  • ngrok - Generate public URLs for internal servers (behind NAT/firewall).
  • zigi - Developer’s assistant for mundane non-coding tasks via Slack.
  • Nylas - APIs for productivity workflows (email, calendar, contacts...) - like plaid for productivity.

Monitoring​

Monitoring your production application.

  • Sentry - Application monitoring for bugs and performance.
  • KeenIO - Event streaming platform.
  • Rollbar - Reports errors in production.
  • LogRocket - Replay bugs users had.
  • Dashbird - Serverless realtime monitoring.
  • Statuspal - Public/Private status pages for services with integrations.
  • instatus - Minimalist Jamstack status page.

Natural Language Processing​

Interactions with natural language.

  • DialogFlow - Voice/text chatbot framework by Google.

Orchestration​

Orchestration tools for (micro) services.

  • Camunda- Platform - Workflow engine that delivers scalable, on-demand process automation.
  • AWS Step Functions - visual workflow service to build distributed applications and automate processes

Payments​

Handling payments, credit card processing, and invoices.

  • Stripe Payments - Accept payments and move money globally with APIs.
  • Braintree - Paypal's take on API-first payments.
  • Plaid - Accept, send ACH (bank transfers) and get bank information.
  • Paddle - Revenue delivery platform for SaaS with broad geographical support (unlike stripe at the moment).

Repo​

Repository and artifacts management.

Reports Generation​

Generating reports, mainly PDFs

  • PDFBlade - HTML to PDF API usage based pricing.
  • Carbone - JSON into PDF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, ODS... API.
  • Export SDK - PDF generator API with visual template editor.
  • [DocRaptor[(https://docraptor.com) - HTML to PDF API built specifically for Paged Media using the Prince PDF library.

Scraping​

Fetching data from websites not via an intended API.

  • Apify - Turn websites to an API.
  • proxycrawl - Scrape hard-to-scrape websites with proxies.
  • ScrapingBee - Using headless browsers and proxies to scrape without being blocked.
  • ScrapingANT - Scrape with headless chrome.
  • SerpApi - Real-time search engine scraping API.

Index and search your content as a service API.

  • Algolia - Search as a service and full suite of search APIs.
  • Swiftype - Search as a service (crawlers and React ready).
  • Websolr - Open-source and hosted search with Solr.
  • typesense cloud - Open-source and hosted search as a Service.

Shipping​

Creating and handling the shipment of goods.

  • easypost - Shipping APIs for e-commerce.

Testing​

Testing tools.


Contributing​

See here: CONTRIBUTING.md

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