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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.

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

  2. Great list. Tagging this one.

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

  4. Make It Up As You Go » Blog Archive » Essential Resources for Web Designers/Developers Friday, December 7, 2007

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

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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!

  7. Dustin Brewer Friday, December 7, 2007

    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.

  8. Dustin Brewer Friday, December 7, 2007

    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.

  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/

  10. You missed the best project management software for programmers –

    http://www.unfuddle.com

    Unfuddle has s free plan that includes a hosted subversion repository, tickets, milestones, wikis and more

  11. Even http://www.feedmyapp.com/ is an excellent resource to discover useful web 2.0 applications.

  12. links for 2007-12-08 Friday, December 7, 2007

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  20. http://www.octabox.com is a business platform for small businesses and freelancers.

    It combines diverse modules ranging from CRM, project management, a thought module and several other tools allowing you to manage your daily operation.

    The platform is smart enough to provides you with business logic, trends and behavior pattern and auto-configure your user interface to enhance your user experience and your productivity.

    We’re currently in private beta but we should launch very soon a public beta, so check us out or mail me for more information.

    Other than that I find this article very interesting!

    Thanks,

  21. “(Mostly) Free Resources for the Web Worker Who Works on the Web”

    Redundancy much? :P

  22. @Tamar: Ya, it wasn’t my original title.

  23. I take the blame for the title. Sorry. :-)

    I was partly enjoying the play on words, and partly stressing that these resources are primarily aimed at web developers…not all web workers focus on building sites.

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  25. Resources voor de webdesigner– Sund Creative Blogging Sunday, December 9, 2007

    [...] bronnen tussen die je goed kan gebruiken (bv: online IE rendering voor de webbuilders onder ons). Web Worker Daily heeft al zijn resources geordend en op het web geplaatst. Al deze resources (enkel voor de print [...]

  26. links for 2007-12-10 « Simply… A User Sunday, December 9, 2007

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    – Beth, Elluminate Goddess of Communication

  28. Don’t forget fiddler:
    http://www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler/
    for debugging http issues in IE.

    Great list by the way!

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  30. Judi/Chris: no worries. It actually keeps attracting my attention as I see it all over del.icio.us and other social sites. ;)

  31. imgriff.com » Blog Archiv » Webdienste für das Onlinebüro Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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  32. Carlos Carreño Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Great list of links, you gime a good hand to find good resources

  33. The Nonprofit Webbie » Great Free Resources for Web Work Thursday, December 13, 2007

    [...] Webworkerdaily has a good roundup of really useful free web resources. [...]

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  36. SMASHINGAPPS.COM Thursday, January 3, 2008

    Smashingapps.com is also great source for free and useful resource for designers and developers.

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  40. web500 » Best of the best free and open source software both Mac and Window Thursday, January 10, 2008

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  41. You can check the new version of ProjectOffice.net – it’s in beta and free online project management and collaboration tool

  42. Great list of links, thanx for sharing

  43. Nice sharing!

    chk this also
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    Templates Mission offers professional web templates, flash templates and other web design products available for immediate download.
    http://www.templatesmission.com

  44. Great list!
    Thank you for sharing.

  45. Well its nice sharing!

  46. Great list but you missed Fanurio.

    Fanurio http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com helps with the less appealing aspects of freelancing like billing and keeping track of time. It’s a useful application, with a user-friendly interface.

  47. thank you so much. this is nice sharing :)

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  51. Great you put Firebug as a first item out of other nice things. I use it a lot and in many cases.
    Also I agree that Aptana is the best choice out there!
    I think you should also mention some SEO add-ons or software here. Thanks!

  52. No words to make communication with you, yahh guy. you did fantastic job to share your valuable experience here. These resources are unmeasurable in value.

  53. Under the Web Worker Apps, you could also add free project management apps designed to compete with Basecamp. Most people need some system for organizing their work, but they don’t need unlimited storage. Free services will usually work perfectly for them.

  54. Some of the sites you listed might be free, but they seem to abuse their reach to sell useless products.

    Oterwise a good list, but don’t forget about http://tizag.com and http://brugbart.com/

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