Every month, there are plenty of new web development tools being introduced. With technological advancement, the list is likely infinite.

The Web is growing exponentially, but it’s also getting more complex than ever before.  That’s why we need more tools that can help lift some of the weight of web development. So, in today’s article, we’ve compiled a set of trendy tools that will help in web development.

Hopefully, this could help introduce you to the right web development tools, particularly for those who are just getting started.

Development Toolkit

Development Toolkit is a single application that puts together a number of tools. If working with the text-based setting in Grunt isn’t your thing, a GUI app would probably be a more suitable tool for you.

Codekitis the forerunner of this type of application, and includesLESS,Sass,KitJade, Siml, Bower, Uglify, and a whole lot more on its feature list. However, it’s an OS X-only toolkit. If you’re a Windows user, you can try Prepros. If you’re using Linux, there’s Koala.

Template Engine

It’s easy to create a static HTML page. However, if you have several HTML pages to handle in your project, things could get messy. Most of these pages may share the same components, like a Header, Sidebar, and Footer.

If you wish to make some changes in the Sidebar, should you change it for the Sidebar in the other pages, one-by-one, or would you rather use a Template Engine? Well, the latter sounds like a better idea for this kind of situation.

Nowadays, there’s a wide range of Template Engines that you can use, such as Kit, Jade, and Handlebars. Each of these has its own writing conversions. For example, Kit comes only with Variables and Import capability which are declared with a simple HTML comment tag. Jade and Handlebars, on the other hand, are rich with features that cater to more complex projects.

The point here is that, if you want to build a scalable static website, you should make use and take advantage of a Template Engine.

 

Synchronized Testing Tool

Responsive web design is quite popular these days. If you’re planning to build a mobile-ready website and you have a lot of devices to test it, a Synchronized Testing Tool is a must-have.

Synchronized testing allows you to test your site in multiple devices simultaneously. Browser reloading, as well as the interactions like clicking and scrolling are reflected across all tested devices at the same time, saving you time from repetitive action.

You can try the following tools to test your site: a Grunt plugin called BrowserSync, and a GUI app called Ghostlab.

CSS Pre-Processors

CSS is easy to write. The syntax is straightforward and easy to understand. But as your project grows larger, you may need to manage multiple stylesheets to handle a lot of CSS lines. If you know CSS, you know it becomes more difficult to maintain in that situation. This is where CSS Pre-Processors come in handy.

For those who are not familiar with CSS Pre-Processors, this tool allows you to write CSS in programming fashion with Variables and Functions, which is then compiled into browser-compliant CSS format. You can also reuse CSS properties with some special rules like @extend and @include.

Some of the more well-known CSS Pre-Processors includeSassLESSStylus, and Myth.

Task Runner

The process of building a website can be repetitive. Compilation, Minification, Unit Testing, Linting, Browser Refreshing, and Concatenating Files are just some of the things that you would most likely do often in web projects. Don’t you think it can be quite boring? Fortunately, these tasks can now be automated, thanks to Task Runners like Gruntand Gulp.

If you’re using Grunt, you can tell it to do a set of tasks specified in Gruntfile.js. There are a lot of plugins to automate almost anything with Grunt, so you don’t have to write your own Grunt tasks.

If you want to compile your LESS file into CSS, you can also install grunt-contrib-lessto do the job.

So, if your project is tiring you out, it’s time to use a Task Runner to streamline your workflow so you can focus on other important stuff.