Welcome to the first issue of Web Tools Weekly!
I know what you're thinking. The web development industry needs another weekly newsletter like I need a crushed-ice enema. Well, I promise this newsletter will fit in nicely with whatever other weeklies, monthlies, and dailies you currently subscribe to. This one will be primarily focused on tools.
And of course, each issue will close with the ubiquitous list that we all say we hate but secretly we love — with a special focus on tools. Some lists will be themed around a particular aspect of front-end development, while others will be broken down into categories.
Well, that's it for introductions in this one. No tutorial in this issue; look for that in issue #2. Below you'll find this week's list of tools to get things kicked off.
This looks like a cool app. It 'compiles anything', including LESS, Sass, Stylus, Jade, CoffeeScript, Haml, and more. It also does JS concatenation, live CSS injection, includes a built-in HTTP server, and has no dependencies.
A simple and lightweight mixin library for Sass. Covers a number of CSS features and also works with CodeKit, Hammer, and LiveReload.
From Mark Otto, a comprehensive and flexible collection of LESS utilities. Named as such because its original variables and mixins became the precursor to Twitter's Bootstrap.
A Sass-based CSS architecture from a couple of Florida-based developers. This project mashes together their preferred practices from popular methods like OOCSS, BEM, and SMACSS.
From Philip Walton, here's a code quality tool that runs in the browser to help dev teams write better markup. It's customizable and, as far as strictness, may provide a more reasonable alternative to W3C validation.
Magic CSS3 Animations
A simple library of plug-and-play CSS3 animations, inspired by a similar collection by Dan Eden.
A curated and searchable collection of CSS-based libraries and frameworks.
Currently in public beta, a visual website editor that includes support for CSS3 and comes coupled with Bootstrap. Has drag-and-drop functionality and lets you export a website with a click of a button. Not sure exactly why "PHP" is in the name, but looks like an option for small simpler projects.
An online visual CSS editor with a Photoshop-like interface and an "intelligent saving system" module that is compatible with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and Magento.
A neat little jQuery plugin that uses CSS3 animation to filter and sort items. Lots of customization options and it degrades gracefully on IE<9, avoiding any JS polyfilling, thus remaining lightweight.
A toolkit that offers NaN detection, assert() to stop execution, and the ability to define private properties and functions.
This simple tool lets you build a custom version of jQuery, allowing you to exclude any modules you won't be using. You can grab the output instantly online or build yours via the command line.
A searchable and filterable library of categorized jQuery plugins.
There have been a few of these types of scripts floating around: It's a jQuery plugin to add overlay instructions to your apps.
A jQuery plugin to pin an element to the screen so it "hangs around" as you scroll. I like the fact that you can disable it on small screens using an optional setting.
A 1KB, dependency-free library to add live paragraph, word, and character counting to an element. I like that it can count characters with or without spaces.
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