26 Resources for the Web Developer’s Toolbox

November 11th, 2009 by dr.emi

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emcalculator In every creative field, there are certain tools that one always keeps handy in order to get the job done. As developers (who also design) the toolbox inventory needs to be broad to encompass all the necessary areas to keep you moving and productive. Below is a list of the resources that we felt should be included in any developer’s toolbox.

We have broken it down into different categories to help you keep your tools organized a little bit better. We hope that the list proves useful.


gimpWhile Photoshop is the best graphics tool for designers, we realize that it’s above some new designer’s budget. GIMP is a close second whose price you can’t beat (free), especially for web designers who don’t need all of the features of Photoshop.

graybitGraybit is an online accessibility testing tool designed to visually convert a full-color web page into a grayscale rendition for the purpose of visually testing the page’s perceived contrast.

colorwizardThe Color Wizard lets you submit your own base color, then automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected, complete with hex codes. It returns a set of hue, saturation and tint/shade variations of your color, and suggests color schemets based on your color’s complementary color, split complementary colors, and other variations.

faviconFavIcon Generator allows you to easily create a favicon from an image.


gridsystemThe Grid System is an ever-growing resource where graphic designers can learn about grid systems, the golden ratio and baseline grids.

960gridThe 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem. Also check out Fluid 960


jqueryjQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.

jquerycheatsheetThe jQuery Visual Cheat Sheet is an useful and practical 6 page reference to jQuery 1.3 for web designers and developers containing the full jQuery API reference with detailed descriptions and some sample code.

jquerypluginsjQuery Plugins contains plugins, extensions and tutorials developed by jQuery contributors for the jQuery JavaScript Library.


cssbeautifierCode Beautifier is a free online CSS formatter, optimiser, and parser.

emcalculatorEm Calculator is a small JavaScript tool which helps making scalable and accessible CSS design. It converts size in pixels to relative em units, which are based on a text size.

Text Editors

notepadNotepad++ is an open source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

textwranglerTextWrangler is a powerful and richly featured tool for composing, modifying, and transforming text stored in plain-text files for Mac.


wordpresscodexThe WordPress Codex is the place to go if you have any WordPress related questions.

wordpresscheatsheetThe WordPress Virtual Cheat Sheet is a 5 page practical reference guide to WordPress 2.8. It contains the full reference guide to WP Template Tags with detailed descriptions and sample code.

thematicThematic is a free, open-source, highly extensible, search-engine optimized WordPress Theme Framework featuring 13 widget-ready areas, grid-based layout samples, styling for popular plugins, and a whole community behind it.

Cross Browser Testing

spoonThe Spoon Browser Sandbox allows you to run any browser directly from the web.

browserlabAdobe BrowserLab allows you to preview and test your web pages on leading browsers and operating systems – on demand. It probably won’t be free forever so use it while you can.

ietesterIETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.


firefoxaddonsWeb Developer’s Tools for Firefox is a collection of firefox plugins to speed up the development process. Troubleshoot, edit, and debug web projects without ever clicking away from Firefox.

filezillaFilezilla is a free FTP solution for Windows, Mac and Linux.

wampWampServer is a Windows web development environment which allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin to easily manage your databases.

mampMAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer, be it PowerBook or iMac. Like similar packages from the Windows- and Linux-world, MAMP comes free of charge.

codaCoda is an all in one web development tool for Mac. It includes a text editor, ftp client, CSS editor, terminal and more.

codesnippetsCSS Tricks Code Snippets is a large repository of useful code snippets in the areas of HTML, CSS, JavaScript (raw), JavaScript (jQuery), PHP, and WordPress.

htmlipsumHTML-Ipsum is a Lorum Ipsum snippets site for adding dummy content to your web designs.

Here Endeth the List

That concludes our compilation. Feel free to hit us up in the comments for your thoughts and opinions. And if there are any tools that you feel we overlooked, feel free to throw us a link and let us know a bit about it.

Angie is a freelance web and graphic designer who brings her love of community to the online design collective as co-editor of Fuel Your Creativity. Follow her on Twitter

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pututik Said:  

you are rocking :) dasar nyari toolbox jatuhnya kesini juga hehheehehhe

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