Resources to transform you into a web virtuoso, from messaging apps to testers to code converters.
Over the years I have found many useful free tools to help me in my job as a Web Developer.
In this post, I share 10 of my favourite free tools with you so you can get the benefit of them too.
1. Link Sleuth
Link Sleuth is a Windows application that lets you check all of the links on your site to make sure there are no broken links. You can customize the analysis and it generates a report in HTML for you.
2. HT Track
HT Track is a great tool for copying websites. You point it to the root of the site you want to copy and it downloads all of the HTML, CSS, scripts, images etc. This is great if you have a client who has a flat HTML site and wants you to put it into a Content Management System for them. It is also good if you are taking over a site for a client but you don’t have the source code.
Trello is a great tool for organising your work or your processes. You create a board and in the board you have lists. In those lists you add cards. Where I work currently, we have a board for our web projects. We have lists for potential work, quoted for, quote accepted, work in progress, work completed, archive. The jobs start on the first list Potential work and they move into each list as they get to the next stage. You can also use it for planning your day. You can use it to plan out where you are going to use your pomodoros for the day and for the rest of the week. Read more about The Pomodoro Technique® in my other blog post.
Slack is a messaging app for teams to communicate about the projects they are working on. It is instant messaging with lots of extra features. Many other programs integrate with Slack, like bug trackers which send notifications to your team chat. Slack is avaliable as a desktop or mobile app and of course on the web.
5. Telerik converter
Telerik converter lets you convert code from C# to VB and from VB to C#. You just paste the code you want to convert and it converts it for you.
6. Built with
If you want to know what technology has been used to build a certain site, you can use this site to find out.
7. Can I use
“Can I use” provides up-to-date browser support tables for support of front-end web technologies on desktop and mobile web browsers. It is a very handy tool when you want to check if a certain html or CSS tag will be compatible for the browsers you need to support.
WebPageTest is a free tool which checks the speed and performance of your site. It gives you ratings for different aspects and tells you what you need to do to improve.
LINQPad is ideal if you find some code on the internet that you want to quickly test, or if you want to play with the new features in C# 6 without having to set up a windows console/forms app or website. It is a windows application. Read more about LinqPad in my other blog post
Lorempixel gives you real placeholder images to use in your site concepts or examples. It randomly picks an image each time the page loads. You can request the images at your own custom size. Read more about Lorempixel in my other blog post
Also In The December 2017 Issue
Building and creating your tools with the Minecraft toolbox helps you survive the game.
Sensors give robots the senses humans have.
30+ ideas for all age holiday gifts, from books to apps to board games to VR and more.
There might be a reason that too-real robot and video game character creeps you out.
You computer mouse cursor finally gets a cat to chase it.
Create turtles with Python, the programming language.
This programming language uses colors instead of text and punctuation to add and perform other tasks.
Use micro:bit to water your plants!
Knowing how passwords are cracked can help you create better passwords.
Studying satellite photographs shows a lot about what happens in the world.
There are a number of strategies teachers (plus parents and students) can take to learn programming.
Pigpen ciphers uses alien-like symbols to hide secret messages.
This project uses conductive thread to create a glove to activates your phone.
The repl.it website and React are one way to create mobile apps.
Software programming does neat things with language, in this case, mixing capital letters.
This Scratch game has lots of ways you can customize the game play. No cats were harmed in the making of this article either.
Links from the bottom of all the October 2017 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.
Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for October 2017.