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Web development tools - Part 1

Sep 18, 2014 by AdrianC

Web developmentCreating faster and better looking web applications, and at the same time providing a smooth user experience on all platforms (desktop and mobile) - this is the struggle of today’s web developers. This is due to the fact that there are a plethora of devices on the market, and also to the fact that users nowadays are expecting high quality products.

The good news for every web developer is that there are plenty of web development tools from which they can choose. I've included below some tools that can make your life as a web developer easier:

1. Eclipse

The beauty of web development is that it crosses the barriers between operating systems, and that’s why Eclipse (best known to Linux users) can be a good tool for any web developer, on any major platform. Some of the supported programming languages for web development are: PHP, JavaScript, HTML, Python, Ruby and others.

The greatest feature of Eclipse (leaving aside the fact that it’s free!) is its plug-in based architecture, which allows 3rd parties to write any desired extension to the environment (and this provides web developers with versatile solutions for web development). Besides, the Eclipse community has developed lots of plug-ins, and you might want to check them out!

Although a good IDE, the fact that the documentation is very poor can be a great downside for Eclipse users, especially for junior web developers.

Latest version: Eclipse Luna (June 25, 2014)

2. Visual Studio

Visual Studio is recognized as the best IDE, and it has lived up to its name for years. Developed by a company from Redmond (you guessed it - it's Microsoft!), this tool is constantly updated with new features that are intended to help web developers to create great web applications.

Some of its most notable advantages are: great collaboration with the .NET Framework, Intellisense, automatic code formatting and good extensibility.

All in all Visual Studio is a great web development tool, however it does have a few disadvantages, some of which are:
* high requirements in terms of hardware performance
* overwhelming number of GUI elements
* hefty prices - although anyone can try the Express edition, which is free for non-commercial use

Latest version: Visual Studio 2013 (October 17, 2013)

3. Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is an application (used in web design and web development) which includes 2 main parts, a visual editor WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and a code editor.

Some of Dreamweaver’s main advantages are the reduced amount of labor spent for writing HTML code and the "code spell check" feature (which identifies coding mistakes and automatically fixes them).

Also, the drag and drop functionality allows the web developer to drag and drop content within the Dreamweaver window and then it automatically writes the necessary code for it.

However, Dreamweaver comes with some downsides:

  • it can have badly written code snippets
  • it does not increase your web development skills too much
  • it has a confusing interface

Latest version: Dreamweaver CC (June 18, 2014)

In the second part I will present other tools that might prove to be a good companion for your web development journeys. Until then, tell us, which of the 3 tools above you find most useful?

Second part is here!

Tags: Programming  Web 


Stas Ustimenko commented on 10/13/2014 12:48:36 PM

Also I like Codelobster:

Adrian commented on 10/31/2014 11:47:30 AM

Thank you for your comment.

Considering the high number of websites that are developed using PHP, a PHP IDE such as Codelobster is helpful for any web developer.


custom software developer commented on 1/14/2015 9:29:25 AM

According to me developing a better website, good user experience and at the same time providing user friendly task for developers. I hope these tools can help to perform many task at the same time and also help to make their life better.
Thanks for sharing!

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