However this does come at a cost, there are a number of great free alternatives such as Sublime Text, Atom, Aptana Studio, Komodo Edit to name a few. Each with a different set of features, pros and cons.
Third Party Apps
So you have an IDE but there are other apps out there that can aid the developer. Two I use on a daily bases are SIP colour picker and LICEcap.
SIP is a powerful colour picker that will work anywhere on the screen and provide colours in a number of different formats to suit any development needs. It also keeps track of the most recent colours you have picked.
LICEcap is a tool for generating gif files from recording your screen, this comes in useful when developing UI components and trying to share these with other developers. When documenting a UI code base I always add a gif of the UI component in action. An alternative to LICEcap is Record It however this tool auto uploads the gif which is not great if you are working with internal products or products that have not been released yet.
Ove the years I have built up a collection of online tools or reference sites that I use on a daily basis’s. Here are some:
JSBin is almost the same as JSFiddle however has some extra features such as a console panel. The main reason I use JS Bin is when I cant get some code to work in JSFiddle I double check on JSBin to remove any doubts. I have also experienced some issues with JSFiddle and company proxy servers blocking the output of the Fiddle.
Having all the tools are great but not knowing how to develop or how to over come bugs makes all the tools useless.
MDN (Mozillia Developer Network)
Keeping up with the Joneses
In very simple terms NodeUp is a weekly podcast is a about Node.js, each week a different aspect of node is looked at usually with guests who are closely related to the topic and can provide a deep insight into the technology. With big name guests from the likes of Netflix, Socket IO developers and even the people behind NPM.
Shop Talk is a weekly front end development podcast that has a mix-up of shows with guests from the tech world and shows for answering listener submitted questions.
The Changelog podcast s not just for web development but does contain a lot for the web developer. Each week a core developer of a tool or framework talks about the progression of the project where it has been where its going.
Twitter can also be a great resource if you follow the correct accounts:
This is a nice book to keep around for reference on how to make your code as performant as possible. There are some really useful concepts that can help any level of developer.
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