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By Chris Poteet Everyone, especially computer people, love lists of resources. I do as well, and I decided it’s time to share many of the resources that have helped me in my career. All of these resources (except for the print books) are either freeware, open […]

By Chris Poteet

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Everyone, especially computer people, love lists of resources. I do as well, and I decided it’s time to share many of the resources that have helped me in my career. All of these resources (except for the print books) are either freeware, open source, or the application offers a free version.

Firefox

  • Firebug – Essential tool for CSS/JavaScript debugging.
  • YSlow – Firebug add-on to help determine performance bottlenecks.
  • Web Developer Toolbar – Provides tools to compliment Firebug.
  • Fireftp – The best FTP client and in a browser no less!
  • Dust-Me Selectors – Scans the page against your current style sheet to determine extraneous styles.
  • Server Spy – See the server technology for current page.
  • Colorzilla – Awesome color picker.
  • HTML Validator – Validate pages and clean them with this tool.
  • IE Tab – View pages in IE inside Firefox.
  • Selenium IDE – Record and playback end-user testing.
  • X-Ray – Bookmarklet to examine elements in DOM.

Web Worker Applications

  • Box.net – Backup your files with this tremendous tool.
  • Harvest – Time tracking utility.
  • Jott – Record messages from your phone and add them to various applications.
  • Gliffy – MS Visio replacement for diagramming.
  • Yugma – Free video conferencing.
  • 101 Essential Freelancing Resources – Need more than we’ve got here?

Print Books

Online Books

Tutorials

Editors

Templates

Project Management/Version Control

  • Assembla – Free TRAC/Subversion workspaces.
  • TRAC – Slim, extensible SDLC tool.
  • Subversion – The great open source source control.
  • TortoiseSVN – GUI interface into Subversion via Windows shell.
  • AnkhSVN – Browse Subversion repositories inside Visual Studio.

Testing/Validators

Application Comparison

Web Designer Blogs/News Aggregation

Chris Poteet is a web application developer under his company name, Siolon.

  1. Great list! Delighted to see Design Float on there :)

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  2. Great list. Tagging this one.

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  3. WebAppers.com can be in the list of Web Designer Blogs/News Aggregation as well :)

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  4. [...] Web Worker Daily lists mostly free resources to assist web developers and designers. Includes debugging tools, tutorials, applications, etc. [...]

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  5. [...] WebWorkerDaily: Mostly free web resources for who else, web workers. [...]

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  6. You get an award for being the first web development blog post that doesn’t link to a CSS Gallery or have an insporation section… great post!

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  7. Great article, tons of wonderful resources on there. I would have probably added a few other blogs on the list if I were writing the article. Not just mine, either.

    Definitely a delicious bookmark worthy article though.

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  8. Also, another great Firefox extension is MeasureIt which comes in super handy for not only measuring random spaces to place things but also for using it as a ruler, of sorts.

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  9. You mention the Selenium IDE, but I found that iMacros is easier to use. Plus, it works in IE and Firefox.

    http://www.iopus.com/imacros/firefox/

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  10. If you need to create screencasts, Camtasia V3 is free now:

    http://internetmarketingtipsandtricks.wordpress.com/2007/11/25/get-camtasia-free/

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