Having all tools in your box is absolutely crucial to success in your web development project, whether you work as a freelancer or for a company, without having all necessary tools you would waste a lot of time and it would take you forever to finish simple tasks.
In this post, I’m going to provide you with the most important tools that you need to have to work effetely on your web development code.
1. Good Text Editor
There are tens of text editors out there that you can choose from and I’d say choose the one that you’re comfortable with, the one that you can get the job done for you while you’re happy!
Some text editors are terrible and difficult to use. While others makes you feel your job even better. My recommendation as a web developer is to use Sublime which has amazing features, simple to use and it’s free too. Visual Studio code is a great choice too for more complicated web projects.
2. Browser developer Tool
If you’re using Google Chrome then you can use Chrome Developer tool. With this tool that comes build-in Google Chrome you can find errors in your code quickly and debug them is super important for web developers. You don’t have to go through your code line by line.
3. Postman (For Back-End Developers)
If you’re a back-end developer then you’re working with APIs most of the time. This tool will help you test any API. As a web developer you will probably work with API and in order to test them quickly as take a look at the structure, understand it before consuming in your code you can use this amazing tool called Postman. It’s basically for free unless you need extra feature.
It also let you save responses where you can go back and check them. Moreover, you can organize your APIs and check them anytime you want without the need of making calls to APIs over and over again.
If you use MySql then you MUST have PhpMyAdmin. It’s simply a GUI tool that will help you navigate through your database, seeing everything with a beautiful GUI rather than working with databases in Command Lines and Terminals. Even as developers we love GUI as they’re easier to use and let alone the fact that they let you see what is going on rather than relying on your imagination!
5. Responsive web design (Front-end developer)
If you want to see how your web site will look like after you have completed your web design code you can simply use this free service which will show you how responsive your web design code is. It’s called ami.responsivedesign.is which is a great tool specially for web designers who want to make sure their designs work perfectly on all screen sizes. These days users use different phones and laptops with different screen sizes you cannot just build a web app for a certain screen size. It’s important for your web app to run on all screen sizes, that way you’re not going to miss out on any customer.
The bottomline is that there are always awesome tools out their that simplifies your work and drastically decrease time required to finish tasks and without them you would waste a lot of time.