Developing a website is easy but developing a website which gives you the competitive edge isn’t a cake walk. In this highly competitive world of web development there are hundreds of tools available to help you in your endeavor. You get the perfect website when you make wise choice of these tools. The right mix and match of these HTML, CSS and Java tools is what separates a good website from an average one. Here we take a look into some of the best HTML, CSS and Java tools which can give your website the much needed competitive edge.
HTML and CSS Tools
HTML Email Boilerplate – If you are facing rendering problems with email clients this tool will solve your woes. Its sample code creates a template which isn’t bound by any layout or design. This tool integrates the email client with your website seamlessly.
Mobile Boilerplate – Mobile Boilerplate template creates rich and performance oriented mobile Web apps which are cross-browser compatible among major smartphone platforms.
Layer Styles – This tool will assist you create CSS in an spontaneous way just like the way you would do it on a graphics editor. You can easily add drop shadows, backgrounds, border in cross-browser CSS code. This works in a very Photoshop like way.
Vogue – One of the best tools for websites which post content at brisk pace. This tool reloads the style sheet (not the HTML) of a page in all browsers. Not only that, it can be configured to reload a page automatically in multiple browsers simultaneously at any given point of time. Vogue doesn’t host a website rather runs the website’s local server. You need to install NodeJS and npm to make use of this tool.
Normalize.css – This is one of the most unique CSS resets available in the market. It doesn’t do away with all the browser defaults like most other reset tools do. It keeps bits and pieces of the code which is helpful in designing your website. This saves your time as a designer, while also providing consistent results.
Kotatsu – This is a uncomplicated HTML table generator which assists you to create a table and throw in row as well as column classes quickly. This tool also comes in handy in generating lists for which you can make use of the li maker.
Sprite-Mapper – A useful CSS tool that unifies multiple images into one and generates CSS positioning for the corresponding slices. This assists in the reduction of the number of images in your website thereby employ the connection better. With this tool you can reduce the page load time of your website substantially.
Holmes – As the name suggests this tool is a diagnostic CSS style sheet which highlights possibly invalid or erroneous mark-up. Create a single class and Holmes points out the errors with a red border. It also creates a yellow border around warnings and a gray border around denounced styles. You will be able to apply holmes.css to any webpage within the browser using the bookmarklet.
The list doesn’t end here as there are a lot of other HTML and CSS tools which you can make use of such as css-x-fire, Ffffallback, Less-Boilerplate, Needle v0.1a1, inuit.css, Zen Coding, CSS Crush, CSSPrefixer and PCSS among others.
FitText – This jQuery plug-in is ideal for responsive and fluid layouts which resize display text to fit the parent element. This is the perfect solution for creating headlines which look good on devices of all display sizes ranging from large desktops to small smartphones.
Crossroads.js – This JS routing library is inspired by URL Route/Dispatch utilities which are present on frameworks like Rails, Pyramid, Django, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, etc. This tool helps in analyzing a string input and decides which action should be executed by matching the string against multiple patterns. This is a must-have for websites which have to process a number of requests simultaneously.
StronglyTyped – StronglyTyped is a popular JS library using which one can specify strongly typed properties of various types such as Boolean, Number, String, etc. and constants such as final properties in Java. This is powered by ES5 getters and setters and falls back to regular, loosely typed properties in non-supporting browsers. It helps in improving the performance of your website.
Susy – This is a rails framework and with this you will be able to create a completely custom grid based on your mark-up and designs. With this tool in hand you don’t have to compromise with the grid framework you’re working. At the same time this tool will do away with hours of tweaking to get the things right.