5 indispensable tools for the modern web developer
Developing a website in the modern era involves, in addition to the obvious technical skills necessary for its realization, the choice of tools suitable for the objective. Fortunately we have a very large range of exceptional tools available, which allow us to design and produce a website even without the need for advanced skills. Let’s see 5 powerful tools useful for the purpose and immediately usable.
WordPress is a giant in the field of content management systems (software that allows you to write, edit and publish dynamic content on the web). His notoriety is boundless, and is used by high profile brands such as CNN, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Its customizable nature has allowed the web development of countless plug-ins that have extended its potential. Developers all over the world use WordPress to create any type of site, from the showcase site to the blog, from portals to e-commerce.
2) MAMP or WAMP
When you are building a dynamic website, which uses a server side technology to generate static content, you have a suitable server environment. The same thing happens when you have to use a tool like WordPress locally (in production you can take advantage of the implicit tools offered by hosting). Environments like MAMP and WAMP are ideal solutions for this purpose: they offer you a local PHP, SQL and Apache environment to develop any type of web application based on these technologies. While MAMP works with the Apple operating system, Wamp Server collaborates with the Microsoft operating system.
Git is a version control system, a tool that allows you to keep track of the progress, changes and changes to the code of your project. Git is an indispensable tool for those who carry out intermediate-advanced projects. Not only does it allow you to store your data in a safe location, but it allows you to restore any previous version in case something in the code goes wrong. A fundamental tool if several people work on the project, since it allows you to create single and specific branches for each developer and merge them at the right time. There are many different solutions for this type of instrument, but GIT is now the world standard.
4) Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a free, open source editor available for Windows, Mac and Linux that allows you to generate source code useful for website design. VSC has excellent features. such as code debugging, a command line dedicated to GIT controls, automatic completion and above all many extensions that allow you to integrate the syntax and controls of your favorite programming language and its frameworks.
Bootstrap is a “front-end framework” that allows you to use the most advanced features of HTML and CSS and some Java script controls useful to greatly lighten the hard work of a client-side developer. Producing cross-browser, modern and above all mobile-friendly / responsive templates (which dynamically adapt to the type of device viewing content) is the prerogative of a tool such as Bootstrap.