Development-tools are very helpful. I give you a short list with useful web development tools which I use in my daily work:

  • eclipse is one of the greatest development-IDE which I know.
  • aptana plug in. Absolutely necessary for web developer who work with eclipse.
  • JSLint validation plug-in. You want the good parts of JavaScript? Then you need this plug-in!
  • git / svn plug-in. You know why...

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  • Build tool: ant. You can also use "make" but I prefer "ant" because it doesn't depend on an operating system.
  • Unit tests: JSTestDriver combined with sinon.js. Awesome! (btw. you should read Test driven JavaScript development.)
  • Acceptance tests: Selenium, Watir. I use Selenium but i read that watir should be a bit better... If you know more about please share your experience in the comments below.
  • Debugging: Firebug-Plug-in and the build-in capabilities in google chrome.
  • Performance: YSlow. Every web developer should know it.
  • Continuous integration: Jenkins.
  • JavaScript/CSS compressor: YUI-compressor

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