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Super Web Development Woman to the rescue!

April 5, 2012

So far, this class has been really inspiring in that I want to keep honing my skills with web development. I guess you could say that I’ve taken to it like a fish takes to water. That being said, I took a look to see if I could find any “must have” web development tools. My only requirement: they must be free, and ideally they would be open source.

The result? I actually found a list of 15 free web development tools. Several of the ones that we use are included in the list (Filezilla, the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar, Notepad++, and the W3C Validator service), but most of the tools noted are ones I’ve never heard of before and look really interesting (and useful!). GIMP and Pixlr look like decent substitutions for Adobe with editing images. BrowserShots and Pingdom Tools would be extremely useful to evaluate client-side look and performance of a page. ProCSSor looks like it would just be a fun way to play around with web page style. I think I’ve found some more items to add into my developer toolbox.

By these powers combined, I am Super Web Development Woman! (Well, maybe not yet 🙂 )

Check out the list for yourself here: http://smashinghub.com/15-free-web-development-tools.htm

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. mnuesca permalink
    April 5, 2012 8:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing that link! The Firebug program sounds like it could be a very useful tool. I’m all for free tools, programs, apps, and more. My dad always recommends Download.com for finding programs, but not everything is free on their site. However, the ratings and reviews are helpful in determining whether something is worth it or not.

    http://download.cnet.com/windows/

  2. yierjiang permalink
    April 5, 2012 9:28 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing! The Firebug and BrowserShots sounds great! I would love the Firebug finding detailed error functions when I was stuck in the errors.And it’s free, LOL!!

  3. April 6, 2012 9:23 am

    This class has turned out more enjoyable than I thought. I was fearful that it would be difficult for me. I’m a “good” user, but becoming a developer was intimidating. My skills are not very good, but it has sparked an interest in doing more. I get free web space with the internet package we have, but I never use it. Now, I can’t wait to start playing with it and put all of these new skills to use. Thanks for the article, this is very helpful!

  4. merrily chopp permalink
    April 6, 2012 12:47 pm

    For content development, I’ve found some interesting sites:

    http://www.dafont.com

    http://www.freestockmusic.com/

    Also istockphoto has free downloads that change periodically for photos, video, audio, and flash.

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