I’ve started to create a list of some great online tools that will help you (and me) in the next project. Some of the tools are helping to achive a certain effect (=gradients) while others are more a ‘hello world’ examples to hack around it in order to understand a new HTML5 API (e.g. HTML5 File API) and then harness it to your next web app. You might say it’s not a tool and you might be right. I guess it is more a list of resources that might help you get better at what you do.
If you got some other good sources please let me know… Here is the list:
There is a new kid on the block – Thorax I like that fact that it is an opinionated backbone application framework. It is a combination of several tools:
- Backbone – the core framework
- Zepto – jQuery DOM goodness for mobile
- Handlebars – mustache for movember
- Stylus – Good and clean CSS experience
- Lumbar – packaging utility
If you wish to check what other options you have today – I would go to this site and check some of the most popular MVC framework that are out there.
I also found myself using Simple JSON viewer in cases you wish to find out a specific parameter in a large JSON object.
- Nice html5 app to play with gradients and of course http://css3please.com that let you tune your styles online.
- http://westciv.com/tools/ – Great collection of tools to improve your CSS/CSS3 capabilities.
- http://pageblox.com/ – A tool to help you build your next grid online.
- Examples for CSS3 usage: CSS3 Patterns Gallery
- CSS3 Gradient Generator – The CSS3 Gradient Generator is a showcase for the power of CSS gradients.
- CSS Gradient Generator – a powerful Photoshop-like CSS gradient editor from ColorZilla.
Libraries for Fonts
- Google Web Fonts API – Google Web Fonts makes web fonts quick and easy to use for everyone, including professional designers and developers. We believe that there should not be any barriers to making great websites.
- TypeKit – Simple, bulletproof, standards compliant, accessible, and totally legal fonts for the web.
Offline Libraries & Frameworks
- LiveReload monitors changes in the file system. As soon as you save a file, it is preprocessed as needed, and the browser is refreshed. When you change a CSS file or an image, the browser is updated instantly without reloading the page.
Mobile web development – Some good reads
- The mobile web application tech stack – Good post by @borismus on the best tools today for developing mobile web app.
- Rethinking the mobile web: a good presentation which take a slightly different slant on the responsive web design ethos for mobile devices.
- CSS media query for mobile is fool’s gold – Cloud Four’s article sets the record straight regarding claims that responsive web design is perfect for producing mobile-optimised websites.