Front-end web development tools are very handy as they save a huge amount of time and accelerate the development process. They make writing, viewing and maintaining the code much easier. Nowadays, there are so many different types of tools available for front-end web development.
When it comes to deciding which ones to use for your project, it can become quite confusing. We have created a comprehensive list with all the info you need to help you decide.
Let’s get started with the list of best tools available for front-end web development and explore their features:
Bootstrap: It is one of the most widely used open-source front-end frameworks, made by Twitter. A front-end framework basically contains commonly used components like the navigation bar, buttons, dropdowns, forms, cards, alerts, carousel, etc. which can be easily reused by developers to quickly create websites without wasting time on designing these elements from scratch. Bootstrap has plenty of features and it cuts down the build time and code required. It is a good fit for beginners as all you have to do is to include the CDN (content delivery network) link or download the bootstrap files into your project and start using it. It is well-documented with powerful JS plugins and has a vast collection of pre-built components to quickly create responsive websites. Popular companies like Vogue, Creative Tim and Meteor have used bootstrap for their sites.
Many popular and successful companies’ apps like Netflix, Airbnb, Facebook, Instagram, OkCupid, Dropbox, BBC, Yahoo mail and PayPal are powered by React. You can get started with React by first trying it out on CodePen or run the create-react-app command and start coding in your preferred text editor like Sublime Text.
Popular websites like Fitbit community, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, SanDisk, The Guardian, Vevo, Upwork and Lego have been built using Angular. AngularJS is a great asset to add to your front-end skill-set.
HTML5 Boilerplate: It is a widely used open-source front-end boilerplate. Basically, boilerplates are code templates, which make web development process quicker as you don’t have to start writing code from scratch. HTML5 Boilerplate consists of HTML, CSS and JS files in the download package which ensure that your website follows the best modern practices and makes it easier to set up fast, robust and adaptive websites. It includes Normalise.css, Apache server configurations for high performance, optimised version of the Google Universal Analytics snippet and good documentation.
HTML5 Boilerplate is used by websites of Microsoft, NASA, Nike, and Australia Post. Another good front-end boilerplate is Reset CSS which only has CSS boilerplate code as its name suggests. You can use it to style your website for a consistent look across multiple browsers.
CodeKit: This amazing front-end web development tool helps deploy websites faster with a wide range of features like processing Less and Sass files, preparing and compiling different types of files like ES6, JSON, Markdown, TypeScript and Haml, minifying JS files, image optimisation, cache busting for applying immediate changes, combining scripts to reduce HTTP requests and syntax check.
Font Awesome: Lastly, as a front-end developer you must make sure your sites look highly appealing. Front-end assets like graphics, icons, images and photos are a must-have tool in any web designer’s toolkit. Font Awesome offers hundreds of icons in font-format which can be inserted in your code using <i> tag. It is compatible with all modern browsers, loads fast leading to good performance and gives high-quality display on all types of devices and device sizes. As they are scalable vector icons, we can change their colour, size, shadow and create beautiful customisations.
Other front-end assets you can try out are Google fonts and Unsplash for free high-resolution stock photos.
This was our list of top eleven front-end web development tools you must try out to step up your game as a web designer and easily create attractive, interactive and responsive web pages.
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By Shifani Ram