This page provides a bevy of good self-learning resources for the platforms
and tools we use at Launch Pad. If you want further pointers, get in
touch with your tech lead - they can direct you to more resources or to
another Launch Pad member that knows more. And if you want to add even more
resources, feel free to make a pull request.
A recommended git/GitHub collaborative development workflow is introduced in
Looking for resources to a specific programming language? Drop by the
Boost your productivity and learn about the tools we use at Launch Pad over in
the Tools pages!
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- Shields.io provides a frankly massive number of
badges that you can put in your repo’s README to show off your Travis builds,
website, license, issue tracking, and lots of other stuff!
- Pull Reminders is a service that notifies you
over Slack of pull-request-related activity on your repos, and also has
lots of useful dashboards showing stats on review turnaround time, number
of reviews, and so on. Pull Reminders is already set up with Launch Pad’s
repos, and we highly recommend enabling reminders!
- Matt Might has a pair of Unix tutorials, one for
total beginners and one for
which are like the missing user’s guide for the command line.
- Remy Sharp has a
list of command line tools
better than their built-in counterparts.
- Included in that list but also worth mentioning separately,
tldr pages is a project to build short-and-sweet guides to
common use cases.
- If you’re using bash, the
bash-completion project provides a
huge number of tab-completion scripts for common command line programs.
- git also has
scripts available - these will save you literally hours of your life.
Front End Development
- Grab, an Uber competitor in Southeast Asia, has a great big
guide to front end development,
which covers everything from React to hosting and deployment.
- devhints.io provides cheat sheets for a huge number of
web development and sysadmin/ops-related tools and programs.
- cheat.sh is a service along the lines
of the above, but it can also be run from the command line.
- If you want to learn vim, or just use a vim mode in the editor or IDE of your
choice, you can’t go wrong with this vim cheat sheet.
- Launch Pad has its very own
publication! Talk to one of the co-presidents if you’re interested in being
published and becoming famous.
- The consulting firm Thoughtbot recently made their
Upcase learning platform free for everyone.
It has a lot of short video lectures on a variety of topics, espcially
Ruby and Vim, which can be quite useful for new developers.
provides a collection of technical things every software developer should
The Exploration section has Tech Lead-approved resources for
those that want to explore more complicated topics like operating systems,
programming languages, and machine learning.