The arena of web development seems to change at jet speed. Most notably, within the span of the last half a decade web development has experienced the biggest change. The smartphone revolution coupled up with chatbots, voice search, AR, VR, AI, and a host of other technologies made web development the most happening arena. Web developers also have more sophisticated tools for their projects than ever before. Thanks to prototyping, collaboration, and testing tools developers now can concentrate on more important tasks.
In the evolution of the present web, some development tools played a big role. There are also the latest tools that became irreplaceable in the armory of the developers. Considering all, here we have picked some of the most dominating and powerful web development tools of 2020.
The sketch is best defined as a set of exceptional tools for all kinds of digital designs including website design. As successful websites representing big brands are always made up of sophisticated design attributes rather than just codes, Sketch plays an essential role. From adding simple animations to creating great design prototypes to creating logos, icons, and symbols for digital platforms and applications, Sketch allows you to do everything with ease. The sketch is the right tool if you have the dynamic design in mind for your website.
The best thing about Sketch is that it comes with a cloud component as well. You can add or take from the libraries of shared design components. Thanks to this library designers can easily collaborate and can share their design and make them available for others. Lastly, the toolset allows creating custom fonts for giving a website a custom look and feel.
The only negative aspect is that the toolset just supports MacOS and designers to use Sketch needs to use a MacBook machine. The pricing of the product is quite affordable with a single user license costing just $99 for a one-time purchase.
For website developers, a must-have tool is a code editor to get things done quickly. Atom ipin spite of being a new entrant among the code editors became quite well appreciated for its robust features and developer-friendly attributes. Atom was developed by GitHub and was launched as an advanced code editor allowing easy sharing of the code.
The best thing about the Atom is that it comes with a smooth and streamlined workflow with an intuitive interface. With Atom even the development team can ensure customizing the workspace as per the individual requirements and preferences. If this is not enough, Atom also offers a robust range of useful extensions.
React Native, an offshoot of the ReactJS framework can be used to build native-looking and native behaving cross-platform mobile apps for both iOS and Android platforms. React remains the number one choice for web development simply because of its scalability, low footprint build, code reusability, extensibility with a large repository of plugins and tools, and lower learning curve compared to Angular and Xamarin.
Bootstrap is a leading CSS framework that comes as a free and open-source for developers. Created by the makers of Twitter Bootstrap was released almost a decade ago in 2011 and since then it continued to remain useful across web projects of all niches.
If you are using the NodeJS framework for web development, you already get NPM, the package manager that comes by default with this framework. Apart from NodeJs application development services, NPM has its own appeal to the developers as a powerful package manager.
Though earlier NPM had many so-called constraints in contrast to the new package management tools such as Yarn. But after the release of the latest NPM 5 a few years ago, many such shortfalls reportedly have been addressed. As the most time tested package manager, every web project will find NPM useful.
Before the QA testing team starts evaluating your web project, it is up to you to ensure that the website is fully compatible across all browsers. Even if any code changes are done the website needs to remain cross-browser compatible. But since testing across hundreds of browser and OS combinations can really be challenging, we have tools like LambdaTest to make the job easier for web developers. The tool is powerful enough to take care of all testing requirements including both manual and selenium test automation of the web project.
JIRA is the world’s most popular project management platform embraced by developers worldwide. It is a powerful platform enabling planning, tracking, and reporting on Agile development projects.
The biggest draw for the JIRA platform is that it allows unlimited scope of customization. JIRA because of its multitude of customizable layers comes with a steep learning curve and that’s the only negative aspect of this project management tool.
We are still not done yet, because there are really too many great tools across multiple categories of requirements that we couldn’t mention here. Obviously, each and every tool mentioned here has several equal and formidable alternatives. Hence this post is bound to remain incomplete.
Chirag Mudsa is the CEO of leading Angular Development Company, CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd. He is a goal-driven tech evangelist for a long time of 17 years, specializing in web and mobile development domains. His innovative spirit, strong leadership skills, and a profound commitment to organizational growth have given him a key leading position in the industry.