7 Essential Frontend Development Tools

As web developers, it’s not easy to keep up with the changing demands of the web industry, whether it’s on the front-end or back-end. That’s why there are plenty of development tools out there designed to simplify our jobs and make our lives easier. While some people may consider them too expensive or unnecessary, I believe they’re worth investing in if you want to advance your career in web development. Here are my top 7 essential frontend development tools every web developer should have...

 

1| Sublime Text Editor

 

Sublime Text is a great option if you’re looking for a lightweight editor that doesn’t get in your way. You can even install it on Windows, which is something other editors don’t offer. But make sure to take advantage of its dozens of extensions. They can be a little tough to get set up, but they’ll improve your workflow significantly.

 

2| Chrome Developer Tools

 

Built into Chrome, these developer tools give you all of your basic front-end development needs. Want to view an element's CSS? Developer tools let you do that. Want to modify any part of your site using JavaScript? Developer tools got it covered. You can also use Chrome's pre-made code snippets or write your own for even more functionality. This is perhaps one of the most used developer tools among web developers because it gives them everything they need without ever having to leave their browser window!

 

3| jQuery

 

You can't build a modern website without jQuery. From custom animations to AJAX requests, you can do pretty much anything with jQuery that you would normally do with Javascript. This is one of my favorite frontend development tools because it gets out of your way and allows you to write code quickly. That being said, if performance is important to you, take care not to overuse it. Doing so will slow down your site by creating unnecessary requests.

 

4| Bootstrap Framework

 

Bootstrap is a front-end framework that allows you to build websites faster. It includes HTML and CSS-based design templates, Javascript plugins, and various JavaScript tools. Designing with Bootstrap can help speed up your development process while also making sure that your site looks good on any screen size or browser type. Plus, you can use their source code or create your own from scratch by customizing their HTML and CSS components.

 

5| HTML/CSS Frameworks

 

One of my favorite features of HTML/CSS frameworks is that they provide you with a quick, easy way to develop your site. Frameworks allow you to focus on writing code for your business logic while leaving more complex tasks like responsive design and cross-browser compatibility up to someone else. Popular frameworks include Bootstrap, Foundation, and Susy; try searching Google for the best CSS framework or check out Tuts+ instructor Justin Tadlock’s writeup on finding the right one for you. As an alternative (or in addition), consider using flexbox (specifically Flexboxgrid). Flexbox is a layout model that makes it easy to control alignment and resizing of elements on your page; many new web apps are built around flexbox alone.

 

6| AngularJS

 

AngularJS (often shortened to just Angular) is a front-end JavaScript framework that helps you create single-page applications—apps that load in a browser tab or window without refreshing. Because these apps load quickly, work seamlessly across multiple devices, and don’t require browser refreshes, they’re often referred to as single-page apps or SPAs. You can build and test Angular apps with any text editor, but for development and testing, I prefer Google Chrome’s Developer tools. These powerful tools let you examine your app’s markup and scripts for errors, troubleshoot common issues, and more.

 

7| Sass

 

Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) is a programming language that extends CSS and adds features like variables, mixins, functions, and more. If you've ever spent hours trying to make basic styles look consistent across an entire website—or battled with creating CSS-only components—Sass is for you. Sass allows you to use things like loops and conditionals in your stylesheets (the Sass syntax uses indentation rather than brackets), saving time and making it easy to create brand-consistent styles quickly. Check out our tutorial on using Sass in your projects.

 

| Conclusion

 

Here's a list of development tools that I think are essential for building frontend websites. There are certainly others that could be on here but these are my favorite, time-tested favorites that work best for me. For me, programming is all about efficiency so it's important to find tools and techniques that help you do your job better and faster. If you are looking for a frontend developer there are many frontend development company that can help in developing frontened applications.