Which Web Developer Tools Do You Use?

Posted: January 8, 2009 in ColdFusion, Misc

Hello World,

Last night’s meeting and presentation with the Capital Flex users group was very informative. After the presentation (and pizza break) we began an informal “round table” discussion about the various FREE and OPEN SOURCE tools web developers use to test, debug, inspect, and manage. I did my best to remember all of the great tools that were mentioned that night.Here are a few:

AlivePDF
http://alivepdf.bytearray.org/
An open source ActionScript 3 library for client-side PDF generation

Selenium
http://seleniumhq.org/
Web application testing tool

FireBug
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843
A Firefox add-in that enables you to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

ServiceCapture
http://www.kevinlangdon.com/serviceCapture/
A tool that captures and displays ALL HTTP traffic

OpenSTA
http://www.opensta.org/
A software stress and load testing tool

Drupal
http://drupal.org/
An open source content management system

ColdFire
http://coldfire.riaforge.org/
A Firefox extension that displays ColdFusion debug information in a separate tab

Web Developer
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
A Firefox add-in toolbar containing various web developer tools

It is likely that I may have forgotten to mention one or more of the tools we discussed last night. If you attended this meeting and see that I failed to mention a tool that you use, please feel free to comment. If you did not attend this meeting but you still have a valuable web developer tool that you would like to mention, please feel free to comment. Later I may create a page devoted to listing many of the web developer tools.

Thanks everyone in advance!

Ciao

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Comments
  1. marc esher says:

    hey theo! One tool I’ve found useful for web development is Multiple IEs (http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE). It lets you test in different versions of IE without jumping through hoops. Another quickie IE helper is the IETab firefox addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

    These tools — for me anyway — seem to numb the pain of IE a bit.

  2. Robert says:

    While not free its still a great tool. I would hate to be without it. Beyond Compare: http://www.scootersoftware.com

  3. Jim Priest says:

    AutoHotKey! For reducing those repetitive things…

  4. I am happy to hear that you are using AlivePDF !

    Some cool stuff is coming up in the next update, thank you guys for talking about AlivePDF 😉

    best,

    Thibault

  5. Theo .. glad the input helped

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  7. Ben says:

    another tool (not free) which might be of interest: web2test (http://en.web2test.de/) for the testing of web applications. It offers quite some options for the realisation of test scenarios while still being easy to use (short learning curve). They offer a free demo/evaluation on their site.

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