About a month ago, I rounded up a set of 10 tiny but really useful free web apps for designers. Given how well the app ecosystem on the web has evolved over the years, there’s no reason to stick with the theme of designers, so here’s a list of 10 similar apps, but for web developers.
Made by one of the most prolific community of professionals on the web, for themselves and other like them. All these apps are simple, focused on doing one thing and doing it right. If you are a web developer, they all might come in pretty handy at some point or another.
If you’ve ever developed websites at all, chances are you’ve used your browser’s View Source option. It’s a great way to look at what’s going on behind the scenes, and if you know what you’re looking for, you can often use it to see what frameworks and CMS powers the site. Sometimes, you’ll even find a special easter egg, ASCII art, or message hidden in the source.
In most browsers now, you can use the Inspect Element view to find out even more about the site you’re on, easily seeing what fonts are used on the page, or the individual images used to make the site look the way it does. For the curious among us, it’s a great way to see how others put their sites together.
I personal look at other sites’ source all the time, which made me wonder how many others compulsively check site source. Do you ever view the source of sites you visit? Or do you never think about what’s going on behind the scenes in your browser?
With so much of our information being pushed to the Web, not knowing the basics of web coding is going to become more and more of a hindrance. If you don’t know what a h1, h2, or blockquote is you’re going to find yourself at a severe disadvantage in the future.
While there are plenty of ways to learn the basics of coding, one interesting solution that has just come into the scene is Treehouse. With videos, tests, and badges, will Treehouse allow you to finally learn what you need to be learning?
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If you use computers long enough, chances are you’ll eventually want to learn at least a little bit of programming. You can only hear so many stories about exciting new apps and whole businesses built from several thousands lines of code before you start thinking that you could do it, too. Problem is, it’s often daunting to get started programming. Most programming books almost seem too difficult, or else they start out so slow and basic that you’re bored before you even get started.
HTML and CSS are the two most commonly used languages on the web. While it may not be the most advanced form of web development, every website made in the past decade uses both languages. Needless to say, there’s a lot to learn here, but that doesn’t mean tools can’t help. We’ve compiled a super list of super tools to take your markup from mediocre to macho.
Cloud computing has started proceeding beyond the hype stage and into the beginning of mainstream adoption. Gartner had included cloud computing in their list of Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009. They also reported that worldwide cloud services revenue is on pace to surpass $56.3 billion in 2009. As we have just begun 2010, a survey of CIOs and CTOs of various leading companies conducted by Logicalis deduced that cloud computing will dominate focus in 2010. ChromeOS from Google, is a nice model which illustrates the daily use of cloud computing. It is trying to shift the appliance domain to cloud computing and indicates a charm in the field expressed by Google.
In this roundup, we will review some online Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) which are great examples of cloud programming. These solutions can [nearly] replace your desktop IDEs and code editors.