How to gear up with 100+ Awesome Web Development Tools
How to gear up with 100+ Awesome Web Development Tools
The best and worst thing about being a web developer is that the web is constantly changing. If you are not being proactive about learning new techniques or programming languages, may miss the bus. So it’s important to learn, adapt changes and always be willing and eager to accept new challenges.
We formed a comprehensive list of web development tools and resources that can help you bemore productive, stay informed, and become a better developer
- BackBoneJS: Give your JS app some backbone with models, views, collections, & events.
- jQuery UI: A curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes.
- jQuery Mobile: HTML5-based user interface system designed to make responsive web sites.
- js: Functional programming helpers without extending any built-in objects.
- Lodash: A modern utility library delivering modularity, performance, & extras.
Languages / Platforms
- PHP: a Popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development.
- HTML5: Markup language, the latest version of HTML and XHTML.
- Python: the Programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively.
- Ruby: A dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity.
- Scala: Scala is a pure-bred object-oriented language allowing a gradual, easy migration to a more functional style.
- CSS3: Latest version of cascading style sheets used in front-end development of sites and applications.
- SQL: Stands for structured query language used with relational databases.
- Golang: Open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.
- Rust: Systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety.
- Elixir: Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.
- Bootstrap: HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
- Foundation: Family of responsive front-end frameworks that make it easy to design beautiful responsive websites, apps and emails that look amazing on any device.
- Semantic UI: Development framework that helps create beautiful, responsive layouts using human-friendly HTML.
- uikit: A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces.
Web Application Frameworks
- Ruby: Ruby on Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications, with the MVC pattern.
- AngularJS: Lets you extend HTML vocabulary for your web application. AngularJS is a framework, even though it’s much more lightweight and sometimes referred to as a library.
- js: A framework for creating ambitious web applications.
- Express: a Fast and minimalist web framework for Node.js.
- Django: High-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
- net: Free, fully supported Web application framework that helps you create standards-based Web solutions.
- Laravel: A free, open-source PHP web application framework to build web applications on MVC pattern.
- Zend Framework 2: An open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP.
- Phalcon: A full-stack PHP framework delivered as a C-extension.
- Symfony: A set of reusable PHP components and a web application framework.
- CakePHP: A popular PHP framework that makes building web applications simpler, faster and require less code.
- Flask: A micro-framework for Python based on Werkzeug and Jinja 2.
- CodeIgniter: Powerful and lightweight PHP framework built for developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.
Task Runners / Package Managers
- Gulp: Keeps things simple and makes complex tasks manageable, while automating and enhancing your workflow.
- MySQL: One of the world’s most popular open source databases.
- MariaDB: Made by the original developers of MySQL. MariaDB is also becoming very popular as an open source database server.
- MongoDB: Next-generation database that lets you create applications never before possible.
- Redis: An open source, in-memory data structure store, used as database, cache and message broker.
- PostgreSQL: A powerful, open source object-relational database system.
- Sass: A very mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension.
- Less: As an extension to CSS that is also backward compatible with CSS. This makes learning Less a breeze, and if in doubt, lets you fall back to vanilla CSS.
- Stylus: A new language, providing an efficient, dynamic, and expressive way to generate CSS. Supporting both an indented syntax and regular CSS style.
Text Editors / Code Editors
- Atom: A text editor that’s modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core. One of our favorites!
- Sublime Text: A sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose with great performance.
- Notepad++: A free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
- Visual Studio Code Beta: Code editing redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications.
- TextMate: A code and markup editor for OS X.
- Coda 2: A fast, clean, and powerful text editor for OS X.
- WebStorm: Lightweight yet powerful IDE, perfectly equipped for complex client-side development and server-side development with Node.js.
- Vim: A highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing.
- Emacs: An extensible, customizable text editor with built-in functions to aid in quick modifications of text and code.
- StackEdit: A free online rich markdown editor.
- Dillinger: An online cloud-enabled, HTML5, buzzword-filled Markdown editor.
- Mou: Markdown editor for developers on Mac OS X.
- Texts: A rich editor for plain text. Windows and Mac OS X.
- Font Awesome: Scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.
- IconMonster: A free, high quality, monstrously big and continuously growing source of simple icons. One of our favorites!
- Icons8: An extensive list of highly customizable icons created by a single design team.
- IconFinder: Iconfinder provides beautiful icons to millions of designers and developers.
- Fontello: Tool to build custom fonts with icons.
Git Clients / Services
- SourceTree: A free Git & Mercurial client for Windows or Mac. Atlassian also makes a pretty cool team Git client called Bitbucket.
- GitKraken(Beta): A free, intuitive, fast, and beautiful cross-platform Git client.
- Tower 2: Version control with Git – made easy. In a beautiful, efficient, and powerful app.
- GitHub Client: A seamless way to contribute to projects on GitHub and GitHub Enterprise.
- Gogs: A painless self-hosted Git service based on the Go language.
- GitLab: Host your private and public software projects for free.
Local Dev Environments
- XAMPP: Completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.
- MAMP: Local server environment in a matter of seconds on OS X or Windows.
- WampServer: Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database.
- Vagrant: Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.
- Laragon: A great fast and easy way to create an isolated dev environment on Windows. Includes Mysql, PHP Memcached, Redis, Apache, and awesome for working with your Laravel projects.
- Diffchecker: Online diff tool to compare text differences between two text files. Great if you are on the go and quickly need to compare something.
- Beyond Compare: A program to compare files and folders using simple, powerful commands that focus on the differences you’re interested in and ignore those you’re not.
Code Sharing / Experimenting
- codeshare: Share code in real-time with other developers.
- Dabblet: an Interactive playground for quickly testing snippets of CSS and HTML code.
- Slack: Messaging app for teams that is on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.
- Trello: a Flexible and visual way to organize anything with anyoneGlip: Real-time messaging with integrated task management, video conferencing, shared calendars and more.
- Asana: Team collaboration tool for teams to track their work and results.
- Jira: Built for every member of your software team to plan, track, and release great software or web applications.
- CodePen: Show off your latest creation and get feedback. Build a test case for that pesky bug. Find example design patterns and inspiration for your projects.
- Dribble: A community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects.
Website Speed Test Tools
- Website Speed Test: A page speed test tool that includes a waterfall breakdown and the website preview.
- Google PageSpeed Insights: PageSpeed Insights analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.
- Google Chrome DevTools: Set of web authoring and debugging tools built into Google Chrome.
- WebPageTest: Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds.
- Pingdom: Test the load time of that page, analyze it and find bottlenecks.
- GTmetrix: Gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it.
Web Development Communities
- info: A handcrafted, carefully selected list of web development related resources. Curated and published usually every week.
- com: A weeklynewsletter for Web developers focusing on web operations, infrastructure, deployment of apps, performance, and tooling, from the browser down to the metal.
- web tools weekly: A front-end development and web design newsletter with a focus on tools. Each issue features a brief tip or tutorial, followed by a weeklyround-up of various apps, scripts, plugins, and other resources.
- co: A weeklyreading digest for front-end developers and UX designers.
- com: Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional web designers and developers. Useful tips and valuable resources sent out every second Tuesday.
- front-end dev weekly: Front-end developer news, tools, and inspiration hand-picked every week.
- Friday front-end: Front-end development links tweeted daily, emailed weekly.
- /dev tips: Receive a developer tip, in the form of a gif, in your inbox each week.
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