A big thank you to everyone who has responded so far to the call for short posts about their favourite tools.
So far we have had Paula Martinez on R, with Bianca Peterson enthusiastically seconding, Jeff Oliver sharing his love of Git and GitHub, Kellie Ottoboni talking up IPython, and Thomas Arildsen on how the Jupyter Notebook facilitates his teaching. Juliane Schneider weighed in on the wonders of OpenRefine. Clifton Franklund likes RStudio, while Francesco Montanari is a fan of emacs.
Rayna Harris nominated videoconferencing as her most useful research tool, while Greg Wilson talks up the benefits of asking for help. Robert Sare has posted on the benefits of using rasterio in earth sciences research.
Expect more posts as people contribute further favourites. Even if your tool has already been mentioned, we would still welcome a post about it, as your use of the tool may be different.