8 Popular Web Development Tools Used by Professionals

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Using the most powerful and advanced tools can be a game-changer, especially when it comes to a dynamic field like web development. It is when web developers get their hands on the right tools that they can eliminate redundancies, avoid boilerplate, and automate processes.

While most companies recommend or have their own specific set of tools and frameworks, new-age companies are beginning to let you decide the tools you’d like to work with. Here’s a look at the top eight tools used by web development professionals.

1. Buddy

Being the fastest CI/CD tool, Buddy is the most effective way for developers to build better apps. This DevOps Automation tool comes with lightning-fast deployment speed where the average deployment time is no longer than 12 seconds.

Buddy supports all popular languages, frameworks, and task managers. You can also track your progress in real-time and take advantage of its unlimited history.

In addition to that, it makes the most complicated CI/CD workflows effortless—all thanks to parallelism and all-round optimizations. It also supports first-class integrations with GitHub, GitLab, AWS, Shopify, WordPress, Bitbucket, and more.

2. AWS Cloud9

AWS Cloud9 is an integrated development environment (IDE) that’s entirely cloud-based and lets you write, run, and debug numerous programming languages like Python, C, JavaScript, and PHP with nothing but a browser. In 2010, it was open-source. However, it was eventually acquired by AWS in 2016.

AWS Cloud9 also lets you share your development environment and code in real-time with your teammates. As it comes prepackaged with more than 40 programming languages, it saves your time and improves the quality of your code vastly. Some of its most useful features are debugging, file dragging, and code completion suggestions.

3. GitHub

GitHub is the largest and most advanced host of source code in the world. Here, you’ll find65 million users and hundreds of millions of repositories—28 million of which are public.

Millions of developers use GitHub to build, ship and maintain their software. That’s because you can sign up for GitHub and host all your code for free. It also reduces your workload and improves the quality of your code by allowing you to build on what has been already built. All thanks to the world’s largest software package registry, you get to write less code. But that’s not all!

It comes with built-in code review, incredible collaboration features like bug tracking and feature requests, and you can automate anything with GitHub actions by enhancing your DevOps and scripting your entire workflow.

4. NetBeans

If you still think of NetBeans as a text editor, you’re missing out on how great a development environment, tooling platform, and application framework it is. While its fast and smart editing features let you highlight code semantically and syntactically, you can refactor that code using a number of easy-to-use and powerful tools.

Governed by the Apache Software Foundation, NetBeans provides editors, wizards, and templates to help you create applications easily. It also makes your project management processes essentially effortless. It works with all operating systems and stands out as an incredibly useful learning resource for new developers.


Linx lets you code easily with little or no code, meaning that you can build and host backend solutions ridiculously fast. You can build and host application programming interfaces (APIs), integrations, and automations without any dependency on code, frameworks, or infrastructure.

While you still use familiar programming concepts, your complex applications get built using pre-built building blocks. Linx works with any stack, which makes it you can use whatever language and technology you’re comfortable with.

Linx is so versatile that it can be the API in front of your legacy system or the backend of your latest app. If you’re wondering what you can do with Linx, the list is endless.

You can automate backend processes, create integrated systems, build web applications, APIs, microservices, and more.

6. Atom

Developed by GitHub, Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. It comes with support for plug-ins written in JavaScript and has embedded Git Control.

It’s extremely popular with developers, and you can customize it as per your needs without editing the configuration file. Besides supporting cross-platform editing, its smart autocomplete feature helps you write code faster.

Browsing through files is easy, as it lets you open a single file, an entire project, or multiple projects at one go. Its built-in package manager is one of its most useful tools as it helps you find, search, install, update, and delete packages easily.

7. Bootstrap Studio

Bootstrap Studio is an offline desktop app that lets you create, customize, and quickly design responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework. You can drag and drop the many built-in components it comes with to assemble web pages that are incredibly responsive.

It exports clean and semantic HTML and has premium templates and useful widgets you can pick and match to make the perfect websites. With real-time preview, you can make instant changes to your design. You can open your design from any app or device and make changes. The changes would be reflected on every device almost at that very second.

You also have full control over your markup whenever you need it. Bootstrap Studio understands that sometimes the drop and drag feature isn’t enough. That’s why you can import and edit SASS, CSS, JavaScript, and HTML in their editor.

If you’ve to prefer to write CSS in your own editor, you can connect Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Atom, and IntelliJ with a simple click and get started.

8. codeLobster

Being a powerful PHP debugger, codeLobster is a convenient and cross-platform IDE that’s also free. You can develop fully-featured web applications with the set of handy code tools that codeLobster brings along.

You can streamline and simplify your PHP development process by using the autocomplete feature or using the special help control button. It also has a professional version for getting complete access to frameworks and CMS that are used in building websites these days.

codeLobster validates your code locally by automatically detecting the current server settings and configuring corresponding files.

Boost Your Productivity With These Programming Tools

With these programming tools, you can create complex web applications easily and effortlessly. If your project has a lot of dependencies, you can always find the help you’re looking for with smart editing tools, autocomplete features, and access to public repositories.

Moreover, you can automate processes, script workflows, and improve the quality of your workflow using these tools whenever, wherever. Most of these tools are also free, so they are easily accessible to one and all.

This article was originally published on MakeUseOf.