10 Front-end developer tools you can't live without
This article will provide a somewhat opinionated stance on what tools you should be using, along with a few alternatives for each category. So let’s get started with those essential tools.
Sublime Text 3
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.
JetBrains team has been doing a wonderful job in recent years of maintaining a variety of platform-specific IDEs, including WebStorm, PHPStorm, and RubyMine.
If you’re one who prefers such an IDE, place JetBrains’ offering at the top of your ‘to review’ list. You won’t be disappointed.
View all WebStorm videos and tutorials on JetBrains TV.
Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. It's useful whether you're already using vi or using a different editor. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is often called a "programmer's editor," and so useful for programming that many consider it an entire IDE. It's not just for programmers, though. Vim is perfect for all kinds of text editing, from composing email to editing configuration files. Despite what the above comic suggests, Vim can be configured to work in a very simple (Notepad-like) way, called evim or Easy Vim.
Brackets, is a fully open-source, community-driven project. Want to influence its direction? Join the developer list and start contributing.
Rather than clutter your workspace with floating panels, toolbars and icons, Brackets focuses on providing “Quick Edit” in-line views that provide context-sensitive access to your content, without taking you away from your code.
The browser is your design view. Brackets hooks up directly to the browser, allowing you to design and develop in the same environment that you deploy.
Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface. The project is hosted on GitHub, and the annotated source code is available, as well as an online test suite, an example application, a list of tutorials and a long list of real-world projects that use Backbone. Backbone is available for use under the MIT software license.
Ember, is a framework that’s sparking its way through the development community at record speeds. If Backbone doesn’t quite fit the bill, move up to Ember.
- Elegant dependency tracking - automatically updates the right parts of your UI whenever your data model changes.
- Declarative bindings - a simple and obvious way to connect parts of your UI to your data model. You can construct a complex dynamic UIs easily using arbitrarily nested binding contexts.
- Trivially extensible - implement custom behaviors as new declarative bindings for easy reuse in just a few lines of code.
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