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Best Web Developer Tools Updated


Back in 2008, I posted an article titled The Best Web Developer Tools. Looking back, I can’t help but wince. It just seems so outdated now that I felt the need to revise it a bit. So, without further ado, I present the Best Web Developer Tools of 2012 (so far):

  • Sublime Text2 – Without a doubt, this is my favorite editor. It’s split window view, combined with Chris Kempson’s Tomorrow Night theme and a multitude of plugins, make development so much easier.
  • SASS – Once you switch from plain old CSS to SASS(or LESS if you’re so inclined), you won’t go back. The use of variables and mixins is a real time-saver.
  • YUICompressor – Compressing your CSS & Javascript for performance isn’t always top of mind, but when you need it, YUICompressor is the tool to rely on.
  • Chrome – This is my goto browser for web development. Chrome is fast, standards-compliant, and has excellent debugging tools built-in.
  • OSX – Being able to have access to Terminal, Spaces, and the Adobe Creative Suite make Apple’s OSX a great web development tool.
  • Firebug & Web Developer Toolbar – Oldies, but goodies. These plugins are still the best when it comes to web development in Firefox.
  • JSLint – A great tool for validating your Javascript. Although, SublimeText has a plugin available for inline linting. =)

And there you have it, my updated list of web development tools. If you have a favorite that didn’t make the list, let me know about it in the comments.

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