Developing websites and recognizing the level of technical proficiency behind the effort isn’t an easy task now-a-days. Especially with the conceptualization of multiple WYSIWYG tools that although allow you to save time they also manage to take most of the hard coding behind the process. Coding a site by hand with the use of tools that simplify the coding process can be rewarding, as you enhance your skills and further your knowledge base.

Below we have hand picked 10 Tools for Quick & Effective Code Development that will help you further sharpen your coding skills while being efficient at the same time.

BBEdit

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BBEdit is a state-of-the-art HTML and text editor for the Mac operating systems. Especially designed for web developers and code slingers this app calls for top of the line editing, searching, and manipulation of text.

XHTML/CSS Markup Generator

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This is a simple effective tool specifically created for XHTML/CSS code addicts who are fed up with having to slice their work from the very beginning. The overall goal of this application is to efficiently speed up your work by producing XHTML markup along side with a CSS frame through the use of a shortened syntax that allows you to immediately begin styling your elements.

Clean AJAX

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Clean AJAX focuses on the simplicity and speed of development, by conducting a search and destroy for AJAX issues. Clean will drastically improve your AJAX applications by utilizing a simple way to customize message’s behavior and apply your on logic to them, by providing multiple request handle, the engine is able to handle requests simultaneously and more.

CFUnit

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This app is a unit testing framework for ColdFusion (CFML), modeled after the popular JUnit framework. This is an Open Source project hosted on SourceForge and is freely available. By building units you readily invest into the stability of your code.You will eventually save you and your fellow developers an extensive amount of time and resource usage.

Clean CSS

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Clean CSS helps you clean up your CSS and optimize it. Benefits of optimizing your CSS code include: faster loading pages and lower traffic costs. In the end both you and your visitors benefit from an optimization.

Apanta

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An open source editor that will edit HTML, CSS, create AJAX apps, do Ruby On Rails, and more. Apanta’s editing for Ajax is state-of-the-art providing savvy JavaScript code completion and debugging, HTML/CSS/JavaScript code editing, and a fully integrated debugger with cloud deployment options.

Test Everything

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This nifty web app provides a wide variety of tools that check every aspect of your site, such as images, HTML, CSS, web proxies, SEO, and more including code validators.

Eclipse.org

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Eclipse is an open source development platform for Java based applications, as well as other languages. The tools and frameworks provided by Eclipse.org are primarily focused on building JEE, web services and web applications.

Moo Tools

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MooTools is an effective Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. With this tool you’re able to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its prestige, well organized, and interactive API.

Catalyst Framework

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Catalyst has a built-in simple HTTP server, and is an MVC framework that runs on FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris or Windows. Allows for heavy Perl development. This framework promotes the re-use of existing Perl modules that already handle common web application concerns pretty well.

  • http://www.marrowbones.com/commons/technosocial/ Kee Hinckley

    Given the inclusion of BBEdit, I would definitely have also mentioned CSSEdit, a program that lets you do live style changes of anything you can access via the web (ideal for sites where the components are all be generated and assembled on the fly). Also fantastic for asking the question, “How did they do *that*?”

    http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/

  • http://www.mikcowans.com Mik Cowans

    I would suggest the inclusion of the windows ‘text-mate’ equivalent.
    Snappy, clean, customisable with useful code snippets and short-cuts.
    Greatly speeded up my work process.

    http://www.e-texteditor.com/

  • http://churchmedia.cc Chris

    I’d highly recommend the NetBeans IDE which supports many languages, including great PHP (with a great debugger) and Javascript support.

    Also, if you mention MooTools it’s definitely worth mentioning jQuery. My personal preference over MooTools at the moment. Excellent javascript framework/library.

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  • http://www.xaby.com Web Design Singapore

    Cool list. And i agree with Chris, jQuery is worth checking out for sure if you mention MooTools.

  • http://webitect.net Kayla

    Great list. I’ve always used eclipse because that’s what I first started using and I’m just to it. It’s a bit of a large program though, and I think I may want to switch to something more lightweight soon now that I’m usually only doing PHP scripting. Thanks for the great list!

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