WWW… Wednesday! 4 Useful Resources for Developers
by Margaret Penney | April 26, 2017
Web development and design have been advancing at quite the rate this year. Many new web resources, apps, and tools are available each week to help simplify and streamline the website making process. We’ve researched the tools and apps and selected four useful ones for developers and designers at different skill levels.
Sublime Text is an app that is an excellent code editor. It is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. It’s a great solution for developers on the go and is incredibly fully-featured. Front End developers can find text packages, plugins, and a support community for the editor. Free Trial to test out Sublime Text is at their website.
Once in a while, a new resource comes along, and as a seasoned developer you think “Wow, I wish we had that back then!” Boilrplate is just such a thing. Boilrplate is essentially a curated directory of templates and boilerplates to help you get started on a web project very quickly. It takes out much of the initial phase of starting a new dev project and allows developers to hit the ground running. Numerous languages and frameworks are supported like jQuery, WordPress, HTML, Angular, React, Bootstrap, and Backbone.
Webflow is a WYSIWYG visual editor that make it easy to design websites with a simple drag-n-drop. Webflow uses a Bootstrap grid as its framework, thus ensuring that all designs made with it are responsive. Users can select from a variety of customary web components like textboxes, lists, images, and content blocks. Fine-tuned custom typography is easily added via a CSS style panel. Once the design is complete is can be exported and converted to HTML and CSS.
BashGuide is a great resource for those new to using command line programming or interested in exploring the ways of old school computing. BashGuide makes it easy to come up with effective command line prompts and you can also learn as you go. BashGuide comes with a full definition of each command and how to use them. The saying “What’s the *diff*” takes on a whole new import once you know the terminology. Now *lpr* this article for later use, please.
Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.