If you are starting a career in web development, then you might be asking the web development tools that you will need in order to succeed. It is also important if you started learning web skills.
Apparently, web development is a hot job in the tech industry that you need to learn very well so that you will not be lagging behind. I will say, Web development is transforming the tech world to be better!
In this article we will be learning the web development tools that you need in order to learn web development and become a top class web developer in the tech industry. You should know that web development tools evolve every time. Old ones are fading and new ones are replacing the old ones. However, there are the important ones you need for your career.
Web development tools
Below are the tools you need in your web development career. Note that they will be first listed then we go into them in details.
10+ web development tools you need as a developer.
- Developer tools. (chrome)
- Code editors
- Boot strap
- W3schools offline version.
- React Native
- Live reload
- Local host server e.g xampp, wampp
- Code pen
- Web page test
- Color picker tool.
Developer tools are tools that web developer can use during web development. We will be reviewing the chrome browser developer tool. Chrome browser developer tool is set of web developer tools built directly into the Google Chrome browser. DevTools can help you edit pages on-the-fly and diagnose problems quickly, which ultimately helps you build better websites, faster.
How to use the chrome browser developer tools
In order to access and use the chrome developer tools, you need to follow the steps below:
STEP 1: Open your chrome browser.
STEP 2: At the top right, you will see three dots. Click on it and options will appear. Click on more tools. You will understand better in the picture below:
When you click on more tools, another set of opetions will appear, then select developer tools.
After that, the developer tools will open, then you will start checking your codes and editing them. Learn new things from other peoples code.
TIP: There is a short cut you can use for that. To open the developer tools faster, type SHIFT+CTRL+I.
you can learn more on how to use the chrome browser web development tool from here
2. Code editors:
Code editors helps web developers to write a clean & efficient code. They are text editor programs designed specifically for editing source code of computer programs.
WE will be reviewing three code editors in this section. There are many of them but so far in my web development career I have tried these 3 and they are good.
Sublime text is a cross platform code editor. Apart from being a web development code editor, it also supports many programming languages. It came with any functions and functions can be added by users with plugins. You’ll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features. I have used it for many years and i have many plugins running on it for more efficient coding.
VS code is a code editor redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. It is a source code editor developed by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. It includes support for debugging, embedded Git control, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, and code refactoring.
Note pad is a code editor that is very old. However i listed it among the code editors we will be reviewing because it has been updated and is being used by many developers. It has been updated to Notepad++ and has many features. It supports tabbed editing, many languages and can be used on windows. With the tabbed editing you can work with multiple open files in a single window.
I must say a very big thanks to the developers that introduced bootstrap framework. They did well. Bootstrap has helped me and many developers all over the world.
In order to get started and know how to use bootstrap, visit here
4. W3schools offline version.
5. React Native.
To get started with react native, click here
6. Live reload:
One thing common in web development is that when you make some changes in your file, you have to go back to the browser and refresh it so that the changes you made will work. However, LiveReload monitors changes in the file system. As soon as you save a file, it is preprocessed as needed, and the browser is refreshed.
Even cooler, when you change a CSS file or an image, the browser is updated instantly without reloading the page.
This tool is not so common but I recommend it. As time goes on, you will find it useful.
7. Local host server
Localhost is basically a local server that allows you to host your website online on a local IP that is visible only in your system. With the local host server, you can build a website, test it on your system before hosting it online for others to access.
Examples of local host servers
- Xampp: This is a free and open-source cross-platform web server solution stack package developed by Apache Friends. With it in your system, you can run php files, html and so on just like a live website. Xampp is the most widely used local host server and I recommend it. To get the xampp local host, click here
8. Web page test.
With web page test you can check how your website performs on the web. For example, you can check your website speed, why your website is slow, recommendations on how to speed it up. You can as well check how responsive your website is. There are many sites where you can run the web page test. I recommend GTmetrix.
In addition, you can as well use the google page speed test.
9. HTML color picker.
HTML color picker is a web development tool that is very important when using css. With this tool, you can select from a wide range of colors to use for your project. One of the problems that web developers have is choice of colors. With this tool, you will learn a lot. You can get it by clicking here
That is all for now. Like I said earlier, web development tools evolve time after time. Developer tools are being built every year. SO you need to keep up with the latest trends so that you will not miss out.
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