Continuing on with the mini-series “Getting Started with Web Development”, in today’s post I’m going to talk about some of the most popular and useful tools for web development. Of course, each type of web developer may need a separate set of resources, and each web developer within each niche will have different preferences as well. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to all of the various resources out there, and this post is meant to act as a starting point and introduction to some of the most common available.
- Part 1: What Do Web Developers Do?
- Part 2: Where Should I Start?
- Part 3: The Top Tools, Websites, Apps, and Resources
Useful Websites and Blogs
In a field that requires constant learning, any web developer’s most useful tool(s) will be the blogs and website resources that are constantly updating and teaching web developers about new topics. Furthermore, these sites have great communities surrounding them for help and support.
Below are some of my favorites. Many of these are specific to web development, while others cross over their categories to design and business within this industry as well. Nonetheless, a basis of a variety of topics is a great thing to have.
Coding @ Smashing Magazine
A List Apart
Cats Who Code
Integrated Development Environments (IDE’s)
IDE’s are an important tool for any serious web developer to get comfortable with. A front-end developer may use only a simple IDE such as Textmate or Notepad++ (advanced text editors), or rather the more advanced Dreamweaver. Other developers that work with a lot of server-side scripting should most definitely get comfortable with and use a more advanced editor meant for programming, specifically in web development languages. I personally use Netbeans for all of my advanced PHP work, and Notepad++ for all of my other development work (WordPress, front-end).
Miscellaneous Tools & Resources
Finally, here are a list of other miscellaneous tools I use every now and then. Of course, any web developer will have their own list of useful tools, apps, and resources, and these sort of bookmarks come with time. These are simply a few of my favorites.