11 Essential Web Development Tools for 2021 to Succeed as a Web Developer
The list will help you catch up with the speed of web development space
Are you looking for web development tools to make your life as a web developer easier?
You’re in the right place.
Without any further ado, let’s dive right into the 11 essential tools for web developers below.
Ruby on Rails
Github, Shopify, Netflix, Airbnb have one thing in common. They all use Ruby on Rails as the major parts of its tech stack.
Rails is written in Ruby which is an object-oriented programming language. Using just Ruby alone to build websites is not smart. So we got Rails. This framework is created to offer web developers a great tool to optimize the process of building websites (or traditional applications).
Other frameworks would require you some configuration here and there. Rails doesn’t. Plus, inherited the power of Ruby, your code will be cleaner and simpler compared to other languages. You will save a lot of time with its conventions that speed up the process.
If you need a rapid development of dynamic web applications, consider giving Ruby on Rails a try.
Our fellows at Facebook have created an amazing front-end library, ReactJS. Now, it becomes the most popular framework in the field.
The most beautiful thing about ReactJS application structure is that it’s based on components. You start with the most basic pieces like button, text box, label, etc., and then compose them to create completed components. The best part, you can use these components to create other bigger ones. They are reusable. You just grab a component and plug it in the place where it’s needed. It makes your application easier to maintain and grow.
If you don’t know ReactJS yet and you feel that you don’t have time to learn a new framework, don’t worry. You don’t need to invest a huge amount of time learning this framework. I can tell that in just a few days you can build an MVP application just by reading ReactJS tutorials.
Visual Studio Code
Standing out of all code editor out there, Visual Studio Code has kept its #1 spot for a while and possibly for many more years in the future. And it’s reasonable.
It comes with a lot of helpful plugins. Whenever you have a problem coding with VS Code and need a solution, you can almost find a plugin to solve that.
When using VS Code, you probably don’t need a mouse because you can perform almost all your operations just using the keyboard. How can you do that? Well, VS Code provides many default shortcuts to increase your development speed. You can also customize your own shortcuts. Isn’t that great?
And a lot more great features waiting for you to explore. Check it out.
Postman offers amazing features for testing APIs. It has a simple user-friendly interface, all you need is to input the request and then get the response from the server.
One of the great features of this tool is you can automate your tests. It saves time and effort when dealing with organizing test cases.
Every developer should know Git well for the sake of your working flow. It’s a source version control that helps your team to collaborate and maintain a project effectively.
Of all the source version control tools out there, Git is the most used by our developers. It has more than 80% of the market share.
You may find it a little harder when using Git for the first time. But once you have learned it properly, you can perform all the tasks really fast.
You should use Git if you want to have a flexible and well-performing version control tool. Check it out.
Life before package managers is a great burden to any project when you have to stuff all the dependencies in your projects. Not to mention it’s very messy when you need to update dependencies to the latest version.
Then NPM and Yarn come to life, releasing the burden that has existed for a long time. They are called package managers, which help to manage dependencies of a project.
Using a package manager helps you know what version of a library you are using and make sure the configuration is correct. You are also announced if having any library needed to update to the new version, which is crucial in case there’re some critical bugs in the old version.
The updating process is very simple. You just need to change the version number in configuration file and then run a command line and done. Life before that, you have to navigate to the library folder, check the current version and then download the newer version and import it to the project, which is so complicated.
I love material design. It’s so simple yet beautiful, smooth, and gives you a feeling of relief when looking at it.
And based material design concept, Material UI is created to help you polish your websites way faster and more efficiently. This library is well documented. Even if you don’t understand what the document says, you still can make it clear by reading lots of code examples.
Want to have a consistent and beautiful look on your website? Check this library out.
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Do not waste your time to create everything on your own
Most development teams I know are using Slack as the main channel for communication. However, communication is not all when talking about Slack. It offers a lot of add-ins for other workplace tools.
Want to know how great Slack is and why it can boost your productivity? Check it out.
Figma is a cloud-based design tool and it’s more effective in terms of collaboration compared to other tools.
“Wait, I’m a developer not a designer” You may say.
As a developer, you sure benefit from using Figma. Like I said above, it’s a collaboration design tool. Not just for designers to work together but also for designers to work with developers. When you select an object in a Figma project, it shows you a code snippet that you can copy and use right away in your codebase.
So, Figma is the tool you should try out if you want to build a design system where both developers and designers can share their work.
Jira is an issue tracking tool that helps your team manage, plan tasks and create reports.
One of the important factors when working on a project is to prioritize every task correctly. Jira helps you know which task has higher priority than others so that you can execute it first to meet the deadline.
The thing I love about Jira is that you can integrate with many useful external tools like Github, Slack, CI, etc. By that, your productivity will be improved better.
Asana is a project management tool like Jira but simpler.
You can use Asana for but tracking, meetings, communication, and general project management.
The great thing is that Asana offers free plan. If your team is small and has a tight budget, you can start using Asana right now and stills get many professional features.
I know the list above is not completed. But just using a handful of tools, you and your team can build a professional website with many great features for users.
I hope you find my recommendations useful.