The rise of mobile apps has forced changes to the web (for the better). Gone are the days of reloading entire web pages every time a user clicks a button. Users demand better experiences and expect websites to function more like apps. With the number of web developer tools growing daily, it can be difficult to not only find quality tools, but also find ones that will be around in 12 months. To help, we have put together a list of the five best web developer tools to get you going in the right direction.
HTML was never designed to handle dynamic views. Angular addresses this shortcoming by allowing you to extend your application’s HTML syntax with reusable components. Angular is developed by Google and has a very strong and active community. It can speed up your development time and let you focus on building cool applications instead of overcoming the limitations of HTML.
Sass is “CSS with superpowers”. While CSS is a powerful and convenient way to style elements across your site, it has limitations that make long-term maintainability difficult. You end up copying the same fonts, colors, etc. to many different selectors. Sass fixes this by providing features such as variables, functions, and mixins. All of this gets compiled to plain CSS, which can be automated with Gulp.
Websites have to display well across a variety of screen sizes now. Bootstrap makes implementing responsive websites a breeze. It is cross browser compatible and has tons of themes from its vast community to get you started. Combine Boostrap with Font Awesome to get SVG icons that can be styled with CSS.
On the Horizon
Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are starting to pop up more, along with better developer tools to build them. In short, PWAs are web applications with additional features to give them an app-like feel. Users can install them to their devices similar to a native app. To get started, your web app needs a Manifest and Service Worker.