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The 10 Coolest Open-Source Software Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

CRN’s list of 10 coolest open-source tools in 2021 so far include python-based restore tooling from Aiven and cloud-use cost visibility from Stackwatch.

Narwhal Technologies’ Nx

Nx provides a build framework for developers to architect, test and build. The tool comes from Narwhal Technologies, based in Gilbert, Az.

The tool analyzes workspaces to determine what each code change affects. It partitions commands into a graph of smaller tasks, running those tasks in parallel, and uses a distributed computation cache to speed up command after someone has already built or tested similar code to another developer, according to the creators’ website.

Its ecosystem of users includes Accenture, American Airlines, Cisco, FedEx, Microsoft and Red Hat. Narwhal, which also uses the spelling Nrwl, was founded by former Google employees Jeff Cross and Victor Savkin.

Version 12.5 of Nx dropped on Monday, according to a blog post by Developer Relations Manager Brandon Roberts. New features include Per-project configuration, Storybook support for Angular 12.

 
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Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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