Developers, please raise your hand if you think that the website development process could be more streamlined. Building a website is a complex and difficult task, and it's hard as a developer to break old habits and test out new tools.
The Prototype developer team put together a list of web developer tools they swear by when it comes to web development. Can you spot any of your preferences?
Category: Visual Studio ExtensionPrice: FreeOS: OS X, Windows, Linux
Category: WireframingPrice: $89 per license with a free 30-day-trialOS: OS X, Windows
The Balsamiq wireframing tool is a firm favourite in the web developer community. It as many drag-and-drop features and each is in the style of a hand drawing. This format keeps the mock-ups sketch-like and rough to convey that the wireframe is still in progress. The hope is to encourage as much feedback from the client as possible. The simplicity of Balsamiq means that it is not designed to show interactions, but just an image of the interface and it has conquered the creation of a simple, static wireframe.
Category: Text EditorPrice: Free to download and evaluate, $70 for a personal licenseOS: OS X, Windows, Linux
Khodor, our Lead Web Developer uses Sublime Text Editor as his main development text editor. It is not a full fetched integrated development environment (IDE), but its a powerful text editor with blazing speed.There's nothing you can do in regular IDEs that you can't do with Sublime plugins. In addition the extensive list of plugins and the incredible community support makes it a "swiss knife" of web development.
Category: Developer ToolsPrice: FreeOS: Google Chrome Extension on all operating systems
Category: Platform TestingPrice: Free for one device monthly subscription of $9.99 for unlimited devicesOS: OS X Windows
Do you have a web developer tool that you can't live without? Let us know below so we can feature them in our next blog post!
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