Post by Qphoria » Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:17 am

Out of curiosity and for the sake of educating myself and others, I thought it might be a nice idea to share & discuss your favorite tools that you use with others so that we all might learn something new or something we didn't even know existed.

Feel free to politely comment for or against other people's choices and why.

1. What tools do you use/refuse to use?
2. Why or Why Not?
3. Are they free?
  • PHP Editors
  • HTML Editors
  • CSS Editors
  • Text-Search Tools
  • Graphics Editors
  • Screenshot Tools
  • Color Pickers
  • Diff Tools
  • FTP Tools
  • Browser Addon's/Utilities
  • Validators
  • External Resources/Tutorials
  • Database Manipulation Tools (keep in mind, easy to use, esp for newbies)
  • Other things?

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Post by Qphoria » Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:42 am

Here's some of my favorites

1. General Editors: UltraEdit (commercial) or Notepad++ (free and the closest alternative to UltraEdit IMO)
2. HTML only editor: Kompozer. Its the continuation of the old nvu project and a lot less buggy.
3. Diff Tool: UltraEdit's built in compare utility is best for me. I never really cared for WinMerge or WinDiff. But I do find AptDiff to be an excellent free alternative to UltraEdit's compare.
4. FTP Client: FlashFXP. I just like it
5. Browser Addon: FireFox Web Development Tool bar. MUST HAVE! For anyone wanting to learn CSS or just see how a simple change will affect a site without having to make actual changes, this is the tool to have.
6. Validator: Well the main one at http://validate.w3.org will check your site for proper validation quickly and correctly.
7. Database Tool: SQLyog & WinMySql are a great free clients for your PC. Phpmyadmin of course is a staple of database development as well.

Some Additional tools:

8. BigDump - This little script is great for uploading large mysql databases to get past the timeout problem that phpmyadmin has.
9. PHP Shell - If your host doesn't allow shell access, or requires an arm and your first born to get SSH access, simply use this handy little script.
10. Net2FTP - Must have tool for any site. Net2ftp is a server-side file manager, ftp client, wysiwyg editor, chmod controller, and much more. You can install your own on your site, or just use the one on their site to point to your FTP server. Uses lots of cool ajax and can almost replace the need for a local ftp app.
11. PHPInteractive - This is a real simple, yet useful tool to do some sandbox php coding to figure out logic in your php code. Good for developers working on a function and wondering what the result would be. Simply enter some php coding in the top box and submit it, it gives you the result.
12. NuSphere PHP Debugger - (Commercial) - This tool is a must have for major php developer. I used to just use a text editor to make PHP code, using inline echos and print commands for debug. Now that I use NuSphere, I can crank out new code in a quarter of the time. Debugging is instant, and real-time, letting you see any aspect of the current code, variables, session, post data, etc.
I did recently come across 2 free php debuggers:
-- PHP Expert Debugger - Free. Not tested, but looks like a simple yet powerful tool
-- CodeLobster PHP Debug Edition - Free. Tested. Worked ok for debugging, but had some hiccups. Devs on the site seem eager to fix them though.
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Post by Qphoria » Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:29 am

Microsoft apparently offers an IE compatibility test pack for each version of IE that I guess lets you run a mini virtual session with that browser running inside. So you can test IE6 even if you don't have that installed on your pc:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... laylang=en
But requires VirtualPC
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/produc ... fault.mspx

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Post by JNeuhoff » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:49 pm

Here are my tools:
- General Editors: Kate
- HTML only editor: Kompozer, Quanta Plus, Bluefish Editor
- Diff Tool: Not using any
- FTP Client: gFTP
- Browser Addon: Firefox:ScreenGrab,and all the multimedia plugins. Opera:multimedia plugins
- Validator: validate.w3.org, Opera has it built-in (Righ-Click > Validate)
- Database Tools: phpmyadmin, also integrated into cPanel
- Color Pickers:KColorChooser
- PHP Debugger:nusphere php debugger
- Graphics Editor: The Gimp
- Vector Graphics: Inkscape

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Post by JNeuhoff » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:54 pm

Microsoft apparently offers an IE compatibility test pack for each version of IE that I guess lets you run a mini virtual session with that browser running inside. So you can test IE6 even if you don't have that installed on your pc:
You can also use http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page to install all the older IEs on a Linux system for testing purposes.

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Post by JohnnyO » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:35 am

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If you make it idiot proof, they will just build a better idiot.


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Post by david.gilbert » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:59 pm

Here is my list ..

Editors -

NuSphere PHPEd 5 - http://www.nusphere.com/

HTML WYSIWYG -

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 (Upgrading to CS4 Soon!) - http://www.adobe.com/

Graphics Editors -

Adobe Fireworks CS3(CS4 Soon) - http://www.adobe.com/
Adobe Photoshop Extended - http://www.adobe.com/
IcoFX - http://www.icofx.com/ (i think)

FTP -

GlobalScape FTP 8 Professional - http://www.globalscape.com/

Browser Compatibility -

Browser Shots http://www.browsershots.org/ 

Firefox Plugins -

Firebug - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843
Web Developer - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60

Resources -

OpenDesigns - http://www.opendesigns.org/
Icon Finder - http://www.iconfinder.net/
Web Designer Wall - http://www.webdesignerwall.com/
Flashden - http://www.flashden.net/

Professional Website Services - http://www.davidmgilbert.com/


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Post by hm2k » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:04 pm

I use almost everything provided by PortableApps, things like Filezilla and WinSCP are crucial here.

Apart from my editor, which is EditPlus (only $20), and has great features, including FTP feature; It's a good cheap alternative to UltraEdit.

I also love TortoiseSVN and WinMerge.

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Post by Qphoria » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:34 pm

I will never understand how people can use filezilla... its still looks like it was made for Win 3.1.. the menus are lacking and unintuitive. I guess I can only expect so much for an opensource ftp, but I expect more!

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Post by hm2k » Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:26 pm

There's no real open source alternative to filezilla really. Have you tried v3, I liked v2 because you could minimise to tray, but that feature isn't in v3 yet.

On another note, i'm hearing more and more good things about Aptana Studio, an open source web dev IDE, it has a PHP plugin.

Watch out for this one, I think it's set to be a winner.

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Post by Qphoria » Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:48 pm

Aptana is old news.. i think thats what jty uses. But all it is is a fancy html editor with a php plugin that just adds syntax highlighting and intellisense. The big winners are the ones that give php debugging.
- Nusphere is best but costs a few bucks
- Codelobster is free & pretty good, but needs some marketting to get a community to make it better. Works with php 5.2.0 but not 5.2.6
- Expert PHP debugger looks like it might be a nice simple debugger but I think it only works with either php 5.2.0 (none higher) or maybe its only php 4.. i never could get it working but didnt try too hard.

There is also an eclipse sdk with phpdebugging planned, but I think that project has gone stale. Eclipse has always seemed very clunky to me anyway.... java for the lose

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Post by jty » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:52 pm

Qphoria wrote: Aptana is old news.. i think thats what jty uses.
Nope, not me. I don't know what aptana is. I'm simple. I use edit pad cos I know no better  :-[

I use picture shark for watermarking images
Advanced Renamer to rename my pics so they don't end up in a lost mess in open cart (which does not cater for img subfolders)
Winmerge to make sure Q did not send me broken files

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Post by Qphoria » Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:10 pm

ohh yea... Advanced Batch Renamer off of some of those portable apps sites.. Amazing that tool!

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Post by bthirsk » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:42 am

Thanks to some advice from JNeuhoff, I used this to find a problem in 5 minutes on page rendering.

http://catch22.net/software/hexedit

It shows hidden characters such as Line Feed and Carrige  Returns that leak through from your code.

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Post by starchy » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:08 am

Editors:
notepad++
winmerge on occasion
Eclipse depending on what language I'm using though it works with PHP and you can install a debugger too

FTP:
a very old student version of WS_FTP Le. It works, that's all I need.

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Post by jnixus » Sat May 02, 2009 11:25 pm

Many good apps there are in your lists, here is mine.

As I run on Linux rather than Winblows all is Linux. I use M$ for testing sites apart from using Firefox on my EeePC.

My list:
Web Coding/Editing: Vim, Gedit and Bluefish
Firefox plugins: Download Them All
Scripting/Renaming: Shell scripting (bash, sed, awk,grep) i.e. ( for f in ... )
Upload / Download: scp and pscp if having to use M$
Graphics: The Gimp rules
File size checking i.e. on product/price lists md5sum and diff

Are people running OpenCart on IIS or mainly Linux/Unix?

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Post by nellyshark » Sun May 31, 2009 11:12 pm

Nothing to see here.
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Post by readyman » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:04 am

Photoshop CS4 @ work
Photoshop Elements @ home - I was surprised at this one. I didn't know it had so many features.
Blumentals WebBuilder - nice code explorers, code library & totally portable - I take it with me on my USB drive.
PSPad - nice text/code editor. Portable as well. I use it alongside WebBuilder so I don't mix projects, when working on two things at the same time.
DZsoft PHP editor - when I'm working on yet another project... this one is portable too.
Fabforce DBdesigner for quick database modelling/building.
Dreamweaver CS4 when I'm feeling lazy or just doing html layout/tweaking.
Mozilla - Firebug, Web dev tools, aardvark & any other new trendy add-ons.

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Post by teknojunkey » Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:45 am

I didnt see any mention of these apps...

winSCP ... Free SFTP, FTP and SCP client.
http://winscp.net
or putty ...Free SSH and telnet client.
http://www.putty.org/

I use them both every day.

notepad2 is worth a look too ... its not as feature rich as notepad++ but much faster for quick edits
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html

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Post by AndyGaskell » Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:17 am

The tools I use...
  • NotePad++
    FireFox and plugins FireBug, FireFTP, Live HTTP Headers, TamperData and SenSEO
    SVN (big time)
    TortoiseSVN
    PhotoShop CS3
    ImageMagick 6.5.3
    Tcl
    WinDiff (for folders)
    SecureCRT
    VNC
And the platforms I use...
  • PmWiki
    MySQL
    BugZilla
    ViewVC
    Joomla
    Zen
    Linux
    PHP
    OpenERP
    SugarCRM
    VirtueMart
    OpenCart
    Ubuntu Linux
    CentOS Linux
    WindowsXP (cough)

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