All the tools, services and so on that we use when we develop AlternativeTo. AlternativeTo is built in ASP.NET using C# and is hosted on Azure. We do use a lot of other services as well and you can read all about them below.
Let's start with the apps were we spend most of our time.
Visual Studio is the main IDE we use for coding, debugging and everything else that you do in a large app like this.
Like most other software developers nowdays we use GIT as our source control system and we host our code on GitHub. We also use their issue system to associate bugs with commits and so on.
AlternativeTo is a distributed team and since not two single people are based in the same city, this is our digital office.
A lot of the design elements on the site was done in Photoshop over the years, but lately we're leaning towards Sketch.
A modern way to create user interfaces and more. Most of the current design on the site was made with Sketch, the rest with Photoshop.
For tests of our UI, mostly use it to keep track of noindex / canonicals and other boring stuff that need to be correct.
To speed up your requests, detect spam and some great HTTPS support.
We spend a lot of time trying to understand how the site works and how our users engage with the site, and we do most of that digging in Google Analytics.
A lot of blog posts, plans and other long.form texts have been typed up in this application, either on Mac OS X or on iOS.
The team often checks on apps using VirusTotal, to ensure they're safe for users.
This is an awesome list! Love that you guys are using .NET technology - not all that frequently I see that - though seems to be having a bit of a renaissance! :)
You guys are wicked awesome for even sharing this information
We could argue they are open-sourcing their open source alternative website!
Can there be an alternative to alternativeto?
Yes, absolutely! There already are alternatives listed here:
Feel free to add new ones or suggest changes to the apps in that list!
This is pretty cool that you're willing to share this stuff! Always fun to see the clock innards. <3