What are some tools that every web developer should have in their toolbox?

Answer by James Tharpe:

In no particular order:

  • A link checker – I like Xenu's Link Sleuth.
  • Good Sass and CoffeeScript plugins for your IDE/build-scripts.
  • A good IDE, such as Dreamweaver, WebMatrix, Eclipse, or Visual Studio.
  • A good text editor, such as Notepad++.
  • A tool for evaluating and improving download times, such as YSlow.
  • An HTTP debugger, I'm fond of Fiddler.
  • The latest versions of IE, Chrome, FireFox, and Safari.
  • An automated testing tool, like Selenium.
  • Version Control – Subversion and Git are pretty standard.
  • Various devices (phones, tablets) for testing.
  • Common web dev libraries such as jQuery, Backbone.js, Bootstrap, etc..
  • Premium training and reference materials. My team subscribes to Lynda.com for example, and we're also thinking about Pluralsight.

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