Free for developers

Developers and Open Source authors now have a massive amount of services offering free tiers, but it can be hard to find them all in order to make informed decisions.

This is a list of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.

The scope of this particular list is limited to things infrastructure developers (System Administrator, DevOps Practitioners, etc.) are likely to find useful. We love all the free services out there, but it would be good to keep it on topic. It’s a bit of a grey line at times so this is a bit opinionated; do not be offended if I do not accept your contribution.

This list is the result of Pull Requests, reviews, ideas and work done by 500+ people, you too can help by sending Pull Requests to add more services or by removing ones whose offerings have changed or been retired.

You can find the list on GitHub or on a dedicated web site

NOTE: This list is only for as-a-Service offerings, not for self-hosted software. For a service to be eligible it has to offer a Free Tier and not just a free trial. If the Free Tier is time bucketed it has to be at least a year.

Nielsen Norman Group Reports & Books

NN/g UX research reports include thousands of actionable, illustrated user experience guidelines for creating and improving your web, mobile, and intranet sites.

Find research reports containing guidelines, best practices, case studies, and methodologies about these critical aspects of user experience design.

How to Track External Links Clicks with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager

There are several ways to track external links using addtional codding or link tracking tools. However there is a bigger question. Why would should you track outbound clicks?

Here are list of reasons why you would track external links and outbound clicks:

  • Understand what content you may need to add to your page to increase engagement
  • Track affiliate, booking engine, or conversion links
  • Understand where your users landed after leaving your site.

Easy Guide to Track External Links in GTM

State of CSS 2019

In the web development family, JavaScript has developed a bit of a reputation as the angry, rebellious teenager going through a new phase every year and telling you you’re just too old to understand. CSS on the other hand has always been the studious, well-behaved kid who always stays polite and never makes a rash decision.

But don’t take things for granted: despite being over 20 years old, there’s signs that CSS might be going through the same tumultuous teenage years that JavaScript just went through. Flexbox! Grid! CSS-in-JS! In 2019, CSS is finally dyeing its hair pink and getting a tattoo just like it’s always secretly wanted.

Parenting books won’t help much with this one, but that’s where we come in: we’ve surveyed over 10,000 developers in this first ever State of CSS survey. So join us to find out which CSS features are used the most, which tools are gaining adoption, and much more.

The Patterns Behind Scalable, Reliable, and Performant Large-Scale Systems

An organized reading list for illustrating the patterns behind scalable, reliable, and performant large-scale systems. Concepts are explained in the articles of prominent engineers and credible references. Case studies are taken from battle-tested systems that serve millions to billions of users.

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Awesome Design Tools – The best design tools for everything

How to Use and Contribute

  • Go through the Table of Contents and choose the tool.
  • Search for a keyword or phrase (for example, “animation”, “prototyping”).
  • Ask Lisa on Twitter.

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