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Best Web Front-end Development Tools For 2023

/ Technology is evolving and changing. I still remember when we are coding before using just a notepad++ to code and run them using the terminal. And then Now everything changed, we now have code highlighting, code snippets, code intelligence, etc. In this article, let us try to look at some of the best tools for developing front-end.

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✍️ BroJenuel
Mar. 26, 2023. 8:35 AM

According to Wikipedia Front-end, web development is the development of the graphical user interface of a website, through the use of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, so that users can view and interact with that website. And to make the work easier when developing websites we need some tools to make development easier or more productive.

Visual Studio Code is also known as VS Code.

Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular Code Editor. It has massive support for multiple programming languages. And it is mostly used for developing web applications. This is a source-code editor made by Microsoft with the Electron Framework. You can install it on your Windows, Linux, and MacOS device.

The good thing about VS Code is that you can customize your editor by downloading themes etc. You can also install additional extensions like spellchecker that way you will avoid spelling errors. This editor is free and is available for anyone.

FIGMA

Figma.com is popular for creating front-end designs. This is a very easy-to-use tool for creating wireframes, and for creating a complete design for a website. It has a ton of free plugins that you can use to help you create good designs.

CSS Frameworks

When creating coding front-end frameworks. CSS Frameworks are one of the best ways to get started. CSS frameworks are pre-written libraries that contain common design patterns and styling rules. They provide a structured and standardized approach to web design and can significantly speed up the development process.

Why CSS framework?

  • Faster Development - CSS frameworks provide pre-written code for common design elements, such as grids, buttons, and typography. This saves developers time and allows them to focus on the unique aspects of a website.

  • Consistency - CSS frameworks ensure consistency in design and layout across different pages of a website. This can be especially useful when working on larger projects with multiple developers.

  • Responsiveness - Many CSS frameworks come with built-in responsive design features, which automatically adjust the layout and styling of a website based on the device it is being viewed on.

  • Cross-browser compatibility - CSS frameworks are tested across different browsers, which can save developers time troubleshooting compatibility issues.

  • Accessibility: Many CSS frameworks come with built-in accessibility features, such as responsive typography and keyboard navigation, which can improve the accessibility of a website.

Here are some of the most popular CSS frameworks that I recommend.

Here are some Utility first CSS frameworks. These frameworks are frameworks that help you easily add style to elements using class. The main feature of this framework is that, unlike CSS frameworks like Bootstrap, etc. It does not provide a series of predefined classes for elements such as buttons or tables. Instead, it creates a list of "utility" CSS classes that can be used to style each element by mixing and matching.

Using Front-End Frameworks

Frontend frameworks are pre-built code libraries that provide a structure for developing the front end (client-side) of a web application. They typically include pre-written HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code that can be easily customized to fit the needs of a particular project.

Using distributed version control

Version control is a system for managing changes to a set of files over time. It is commonly used in software development to track changes to code and other project files, but it can also be used for other types of files, such as documentation or design files. With version control, changes to files are tracked in chronological order, creating a history of revisions. Each revision is associated with a timestamp, author, and description of the changes made. This history allows developers to review and understand the evolution of the codebase or project files over time, and to revert to earlier versions if needed.

Here is popular version control:

Your Browser Dev Tools

Browser dev tools are a set of tools built into modern web browsers that allow developers to inspect, debug, and manipulate the code and styling of a web page in real time. Here are some reasons why you might want to use browser dev tools when creating a website:

  1. Inspecting HTML and CSS: Dev tools allow you to inspect the HTML and CSS of a web page, and see how the browser is rendering the page. This can be helpful for identifying layout issues, broken links, or other problems.

  2. Debugging JavaScript: Dev tools allow you to debug JavaScript code running on a web page, set breakpoints, and step through code to identify and fix errors.

  3. Testing responsive design: Dev tools allow you to test how a web page looks and behaves on different screen sizes and devices, making it easier to create responsive designs that work well on all devices.

  4. Analyzing website performance: Dev tools provide insights into how a web page is loading and running, allowing you to identify and optimize slow-loading resources or inefficient code.

  5. Manipulating styles and content: Dev tools allow you to manipulate the CSS and content of a web page in real time, making it easier to experiment with design changes or test different content.

Using browser dev tools can save you time and effort when developing a website, by providing a visual way to debug and optimize your code. Additionally, being familiar with browser dev tools is an essential skill for web developers, as it allows them to more efficiently diagnose and resolve issues with their code.

Here are the steps to open dev tools in some popular web browsers:

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome.

  2. Click on the three dots icon in the top right corner of the browser window.

  3. Select "More tools" from the dropdown menu.

  4. Click on "Developer tools" (or press Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows, or Command + Option + I on Mac).

Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.

  2. Click on the three lines icon in the top right corner of the browser window.

  3. Select "Web Developer" from the dropdown menu.

  4. Click on "Toggle Tools" (or press Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows, or Command + Option + I on Mac).

Safari:

  1. Open Safari.

  2. Go to the "Safari" menu in the top left corner of the screen.

  3. Select "Preferences".

  4. Click on the "Advanced" tab.

  5. Check the box next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar".

  6. Close the preferences window.

  7. Click on "Develop" in the top menu bar.

  8. Select "Show Web Inspector" (or press Option + Command + I).

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click on the three dots icon in the top right corner of the browser window.

  3. Select "More tools" from the dropdown menu.

  4. Click on "Developer tools" (or press F12).

These steps may vary slightly depending on the version of the browser you are using.


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