"Scott Hanselman's 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows"
The general purpose computer! Let's hear a round of applause!
The article reads like an ad for a bunch of commercial services. I was really hoping for things I could apt-get/brew install <excellent new tool>.
To use the normal house-building analogy, I would say that the Tools are obviously saws, drills, etc. Things that you use on every house you build but that are not part of the house itself. These represent notepad, visual studio, git, etc.
e: So it's like saying the #1 carpenter's tool is wood.
If it is about Node, then I retract my point.
To examine another simple example, consider a potter who crafts a vase from clay. The potter's wheel and his hands are the tools he uses to form the clay medium. I do not consider the clay itself to be a tool.
This. Love it! Exactly my thoughts on seeing the click-baity OP.