Complete Megalist: 25 Helpful Tools For Front-End Developers

 

Today’s developers are the architects of the digital age, the ones turning code into websites and mobile apps that will define the next generation of technology innovation.

 

New trends, styles, and techniques mean that the task of the web developer is constantly changing. Web applications have become much richer and more complex. New uses of video, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence on websites will continue to define the developer of the future.

 

The web developer must continue to learn and grow, which is equally challenging because the technologies are constantly changing. The internet of 3 years ago, is very different from the Internet of today, and so it will be in another 3 years.

 

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Web development is typically split between front-end and back-end. The front-end developer uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to code the website and web app designs created by web designers. Front end developers are responsible for writing the code that runs inside the user’s web browser, whereas back-end developers work on code that runs on the web server.

 

We’ve compiled a long list (just call it a “megalist”) of useful tools that every front-end developer should have in their toolkit, split up by different segments. Read on and learn about some of the latest and greatest front end developer resources on the market today.

 

 

Libraries & Plugins

 

1. jQuery

 

jQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries available, which front-end developers use to make such things as HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler. jQuery comes with an easy-to-use API that works across multiple browsers.

 

 

2. Backbone.js

 

Backbone.js is a lightweight JavaScript library that developers can use to setup and structure the client-side applications that run in a web browser. It offers an MVC framework which abstracts data into models, DOM into views and binds these two using events. It works via an API connection over a RESTful JSON interface.

 

 

3. Alertify.js

 

Alertify.js is a JavaScript framework for developing light-weight, high-performance browser dialogs and notifications. It’s known to be a great option for adding basic style to alert, dialog, and prompt and log messages even on low bandwidth connections.

 

 

4. HTML Boilerplate

Billed as the web’s most popular front-end template, HTML5 Boilerplate is a professional front-end template for building fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites.

 

 

5. Angular.js

 

Angular.js allows developers to extend HTML vocabulary for their applications and build those dynamic views in a way that is expressive, readable, and quick to develop. The framework collects data from the server, then compiles the templates locally for presentation, and does this through a client-side MVC framework.

 

 

Templates & Themes

 

6. Wrap Bootstrap

 

WrapBootstrap is a marketplace where designers can sell their own themes and templates based on the Bootstrap framework.

 

 

7. ThemeForest

 

ThemeForest is a marketplace for buying and selling HTML templates as well as themes for popular CMS products like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

 

 

 

HMTL5 Editors

 

8. Notepad++

 

Notepad++ is an open source code editor that supports several languages and is popularly used for HTML. One of the classics among code editors.

 

 

9. Aloha Editor

 

One of the most powerful web-based HTML5 editors out there, Aloha Editor also has the advantage of being small and simple to use. With Aloha, you can edit just about any DOM (document object model) element.

 

 

10. Prism

 

Prism is a lightweight, extensible syntax highlighter, built with modern web standards in mind.

 

 

CSS & HTML5 Frameworks

 

11. Bootstrap

 

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

 

 

12. Foundation

 

Listed as “the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world,” Framework offers front end developers a way to design beautiful responsive websites, apps, and emails that look amazing on any device.

 

13. Framework 7

 

Framework 7 is a free and open source mobile HTML framework that allows developers to build hybrid mobile apps or web apps with the look and feel of an iOS & Android native application. It also serves as a great prototyping tool to display a working UI mockup.

 

 

Browser Add-ons

 

14. Window Resizer

 

This extension re-sizes the browser’s window in order to emulate various resolutions. The tool is particularly useful for front-end designers to test their layouts on different browser resolutions.

 

 

15. ColorZilla

 

ColorZilla is a Firefox add-on that assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks by allowing them to get a color reading from any point in the browser, and then quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.

 

 

16. LiveReload

 

LiveReload monitors changes in the file system, and preprocesses them so that when files or images are saved the browser is automatically refreshed.

 

 

Debugging & Testing

 

17. CSS Lint

 

CSS Lint is an open source CSS code quality tool for basic syntax checking. The tool also looks for problematic patterns or signs of inefficiency in the code.

 

 

18. Responsive Design Testing

 

A tool that allows developers to test their responsive websites during the design stage by entering a URL into the address bar.

 

 

19. Stack Overflow

 

Stack Overflow is the world’s largest question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers. A great resource for any developer needing answers to even the most obscure coding issues.

 

 

Versioning & Cloud Storage

 

20. GitHub

 

GitHub is a central repository and web hosting service that allows developers to host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers.

 

 

21. Bitbucket

 

Bitbucket is a web-based hosting service that allows developers to collaborate on code-based projects, using a revision control system.

 

22. Team Foundation Server

 

 

Team Foundation Server is the Windows version of GitHub and Bitbucket and offers an integrated way to store and collaborate on code across teams with unlimited private repositories.

 

 

Learning & Education

 

23. Codecademy

 

One of the leaders in the code learning revolution, Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript (jQuery, AngularJS, React.js), Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

 

 

24. Treehouse

 

Treehouse is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development, and game development taught by a team of expert teachers.

 

 

25. Lynda

 

Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. Purchased by Linkedin in 2015 for $1.5B, Lynda.com has become the world’s most popular hub for high-quality video tutorials with over 100 courses in web development alone.

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