Choosing your tools

Your tools should be extensible, flexible, and ubiquitous. Now that you have some knowledge, what tools are needed? As you go through these chapters, there will be mention of what tools are available time and again. Reasons for choosing a certain tool will be provided: make your decisions based on availability, cost, and adaptation to your particular need or environment, and personal preferences. Be open and willing to change to a new tool because it may just make you more efficient. Don't let the flashy software with high price tags and marketing hype influence purchasing decisions. There are a lot of great open source tools that are available, which may require a little more investment in time to configure, install, or maintain, ...

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