Over the past couple of weeks, we have been writing about the tools and technologies that the Exceptionless Team uses to create, support, and maintain Exceptionless. In part three of the series, we want to take a look at the services used.
Most projects need project organization, time management, tracking, the ability to easily communicate with team members, version control, etc - the list goes on. Exceptionless is no different. Here are some of our favorite tools that provide those services to help keep Exceptionless, well, Exceptionless.
Services & Technologies #
Hosts our infrastructure
Microsoft Azure lets you build, deploy, and manage applications any way you like for exceptional productivity. It is a major cloud platform and is an industry leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
Source control, issue tracking, wiki, and static site hosting
GitHub provides access control ,version control, issue tracking and several collaboration features such as wikis, task management, bug tracking, and feature requests for any project. It is a web-based graphical interface tool that also includes desktop and mobile integration.
Team chat and notifications
HipChat allows users to create and participate in chat rooms and send one-on-one messages with other people in a group-centric format. It is an excellent tool to keep your team organized and on task, no matter how small or large.
Awesome uptime monitoring
Pingdom is a service that tracks the uptime, downtime, and performance of your websites from multiple locations globally so that it can distinguish genuine downtime from routing and access problems. An excellent tool to stay on top of your website’s downtime and to assist with issues that arise.
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, it tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. You can easily sort your projects by tasks, to-do lists, and to stay on top of those time sensitive projects.
Monitoring real time system metrics
Librato provides a solution for monitoring, analyzing, and understanding the system metrics that impact your business at all levels. It provides everything you need to visualize, analyze, and actively alert on the metrics that matter to you.
Awesome and inexpensive way to send emails
Mandrill is a transactional email product that apps can use to send automated one-to-one email, like password reminders, shopping-cart receipts, and personalized notifications. It is highly customizable and can help assist with all aspects of email for your business.
Integrated app messaging and user communication
Intercom shows you who is using your product and makes it easy to personally communicate with them through behavior-driven email and in-app messages to help with feedback and suggestions to help you develop your product further.
Awesome payment processing
Stripe is a developer-friendly way to accept payments online on your website, or in your mobile app. It can be used in any size business and scales perfectly.
Apiary allows you to easily write a custom API blueprint for your project. Once created, you can share it with your teammates or customers to test. Once you have the perfect API mock, let your developers get to work. Check out the upcoming Exceptionless 2.0 documentation.
Google Apps for Work #
Cloud based email and documents
Google Apps for Work is a service from Google that provides independently customizable versions of several Google products. It uses your personal domain name and features several Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, Sites, and Vault
Skype is the most popular voice communication service in the world. Skype can be used to instant message, VoIP, Send files, or collaborate with your friends, family, or team members. They provide desktop applications as well as mobile applications.
What did we miss? #
As always, if you use other services and tools that are worth checking out, let us know. We know they're out there!