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May 24, 2017

4 Tools Developers Never Knew They Needed

With the rise of modular Web development platforms like WordPress and Wix it is easy to think the world of development is as simple as drag and drop. But the rise of DIY dev platforms means that coders need tools to cross over and steal from the world of simplicity while keeping tabs on tools that will help them build suits in any language.

Here’s a breakdown of four tools developers need, even if they don’t realize it:

Perfecto

Debugging and troubleshooting any platform is a frustrating but essential part of the development process. Given the rise of mobile-first platforms, and the unique challenges that they present, it was only a matter of time before a customized quality control tool was developed.

This cloud-based tool offers developers an open API that has been created for developers looking to cut the time and cost of debugging their builds.

An ideal tool for real-time testing and feedback on apps and responsive sites, this is a service that is simple to use – across any cycle of your build.

Perfecto is a must for teams looking to provide more holistic services without sacrificing the quality of the end product.

Foundation

Despite the rise of modular, drag-and-drop DIY development platforms, companies looking to create a strong digital presence know the importance of a unique Web experience.

Front-end developers are responsible for creating that magic, but as the number of devices used to access websites grow, so does the complexity of responsive front-end wizardry.

Foundation is the essential framework for developers looking to design responsive front-end elements quickly without sacrificing the overall experience on different devices.

A huge benefit of the tool is that you can design responsive sites and e-mailers, and there is significant online support if you aren’t sure how to create the exact movement or look you’re going for. The tutorials in particularly are very helpful.

Gulp

The pressure is on every developer to build flawless platforms and experiences as quickly as possible. One of the best ways to save on time without skimping on structured Java building is to use an automation tool like Gulp.

This easy-to-use interface is a powerful helper that allows you to automate an array of manual tasks that get in the way of serious coding.

Install the relevant plugins, which function as nodes, and your build will be up and running in no time.

This is a great tool for ambitious developers who need to focus on pushing the limits of coding rather than getting caught up in manual process updates.

Miniprofiler

With so much attention being placed on digital ROI and CPC it’s more important than ever for developers to have a tool that tracks the performance of applications.

While you can invest in a costly tool like New Relic, there are many affordable alternatives that offer the analytical punch needed to optimize on beta versions to deliver a cost-effective, stable environment.

This multi-platform, multi-language tool is simple to include regardless of your build requirements, and offers step-by-step setup and call instructions.

There’s also a support system and multiple access and plugin options meaning it’s ideal for developers looking for an agile tool that works well across a number of demanding builds.

Keeping Track

The best way to stay on top of the tools available to developers is to check out development platforms, newsletters and columns.

Creative coders are coming up with new solutions on a daily basis. Although they are not all going to revolutionize the way you work, even the simplest plugin could make all the difference on your next platform.


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Deep Ballu is a blogger by profession. He loves to talk about tech and is very social in nature. Writing is his first love. He is an amateur photographer by day and blogger by night. Give him a cup of cappuccino and he can talk for hours.

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