100+ Resources for Web Developers

There is some amazing stuff out there on the Web–resources, tools, tricks, and tips. Problem is, as a Web developer, you spend so much of your time just keeping up with new technologies - learning, playing – and this doesn’t leave much time to go hunting for the latest and greatest tool, or for a better way of doing things.

So we’ve put together a list of over 100 resources to help make your life as a developer easier; where to find snippets of code, sites that automate processes, cheat sheets, lessons, useful tools and a couple of silly videos to give your brain a break if you make it through to the end. Please enjoy!

1. Little Boxes
CSS Templates for various page layouts

2. Snipplr
Collection of code snippets - JavaScript, HTML, PHP, CSS, Ruby, Objective C

3. AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript Libraries
An extensive list with over 60 Ajax, Javascript and DHTML Libraries - with detailed descriptions.

4. Javascript Framework
Easy Ajax and DOM manipulation for dynamic Web applications

5. AJAX Javascript Solutions for Professional Coding
Over 90 useful AJAX-based techniques you should always have ready to hand

6. DHTML and AJAX samples
Nice looking simple downloadable DHTML and AJAX code

7. AJAX Patterns
A Wiki of reusable AJAX code, and huge AJAX resource

8. Mozilla Developer Center - AJAX
Mozilla’s offering on AJAX

9. CSS Typeset
Interactive CSS generator

10. Open Source Directory
An archive of the Web’s best Open Source software, applications and references.

11. .htaccess Creator
Online tool to create .htaccess files

12. PHP Form
Create HTML Forms in seconds and get the code

13. Best Solutions for Images
30 scripts of impressive slideshows, lightboxes and galleries you can use for effective presentations of your images.

14. Lightbox
Lightbox is a simple unobtrusive script used to overlay images on a page

15. Design patterns and tips
101 Design Patterns and Tips for Developers

16. Spanky Corners
Creates CSS and GIF images for rounded corners

17. Nifty Corners Cube
Rounded corners with no images

18. How to redirect a Web page the right way
Don’t lose PageRank! Steven Hargrove gives you the code to redirect using htaccess, Mod_Rewrite, IIS, ColdFusion, ASP, Java, Perl, Ruby and PHP

19. Pipe Bytes
Send files of any size through any Web browser. No software to install, private and the recipient can start downloading while you’re still uploading

20. PHP FTP Synchronizer
Free program to update your website from local files

21. Dummy Text Generator
Generate text by number of paragraphs, words, bytes or lists

22. UTF-8 decoder
Unicode Decoder

23. CSS Tidy
Open source CSS parser and optimizer

24. HTML Tidy
Open source utility for tidying up HTML

25. FireFTP
Free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox

26. FileZilla
Free FTP client and FTP server

27. Dust-Me Selectors
Firefox extension that finds unused CSS selectors

28. ColorZilla
Get a color reading from any point within Firefox

29. FireFox IE Tab
Run IE inside Firefox

30. Font Sizer
Let visitors change the font size on your site. XHTML, CSS, and PHP source available

31. Recaptcha
Captcha helps prevent automated abuse of your site, ensuring only humans perform certain actions; free

32. Super Screenshot
Take a full sized screenshot of any Web page

33. Web Site Thumbnails
Get thumbnails of any Web site

34. Back Orifice
A remote admin system that enables a user to control a computer over a network

35. CoPilot
Remote control another computer – free on weekends, otherwise $5 for 24 hours

36. Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications
The ultimate AJAX introduction

37. Cheat Sheet Round Up
Your one stop shop for all cheat sheets including: Actionscript, Ajax, Apache, ASCII, ASP, C#, CSS, CVS, C++, Django, Firefox, Google, HTML/XHTML, Java, JavaScript, LaTeX, MySQL, Perl, Photoshop, GIMP, PHP, Python, Regular Expressions, Ruby, Unix, Linux, Weblogs, Windows, XML.

38. Quick reference
Searches for references on C, C++, CSS, HTML, HTML DOM, Java, JavaScript, MySQL, Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby

39. Got API
Easily search sites for API documentation

40. CSS Basics
Cascading Style Sheets made easy

41. The Ultimate CSS Resource

42. RSS Specifications
The authority on RSS - from Harvard

43. RSS Best Design Practices and Icons
All things RSS including free icons

44. Go To and Learn
Free video tutorials on Flash

45. Optimize Your PHP code
40 Tips to optimize your PHP code

46. Optimizing MYSQL queries
10 Tips to optimize MYSQL queries

47. How to Create a Dynamic BlogRoll
Using Feedjumbler - it takes 5 minutes

48. CSS Validation
At W3C

49. HTML/XHTML Validation
At W3C

50. HTML Validator
Firefox extension to validate your HTML (as used within http://validator.w3.org/)

51. Link Checker
Checks for broken links in your HTML pages

52. Firebug
Edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any Web page

53. Gray Bit
Online testing tool; convert a full color page into grayscale to visually test contrast

54. Cross Browser Compatibility Testing
Check your site with multiple browsers on a single machine

55. Screen Sizer
Check out your site in different screen sizes

56. Feed Validator
If you’ve ever noticed invalid characters or XML markup in content items, check your feed for validity problems.

57. Windows Unlocker
Tells you the application that is stopping you from deleting a file

58. Windows Dependency Walker
See which DLLs are required for Windows applications

59. Pending Moves
Show files will be updated when you next restart Windows

60. Process Explorer
View active processes – Task Manager on steroids

61. Process Monitor
Monitors file system, registry and process/thread activity

62. Regulazy
Visual regular expression builder

63. WinDirStat
Display size of files and folders graphically

64. wget for Windows
Gets a HTML resource (HTML, image, document, javascript, css etc)

65. WinSnap
Takes a snap shot of your screen ($19.90)

66. Convert HTML to RSS
Generate an RSS feed for almost any Web page.

67. Binary to Base64
Create data streams for embedding images (or any type of file) in (X)HTML, CSS and XML

68. HTML To JS/PHP/Perl Converter
This tool will convert normal HTML code to a script based language such as JavaScript, PHP or Perl

69. Text to Voice
Create an MP3 of a voice reading your text

70. Free PDF online conversion
Converts various files (DOC, PUB, RTF, XLS, PPT, HTML, JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, WMF, EMF, GIF etc.), to PDF online, then e-mails you the PDF

71. Web 2 PDF
Allow your visitors to create PDFs of any Web page

72. Text to Hex converter
Write your name in hex

73. YotoPhoto
Search engine for royalty free images (over 250,000 indexed)

74. Background Image maker - http://lab.rails2u.com/bgmaker/
Create background images online with this quick and easy tool

75. Iconaholic
Lots of great free icons

76. Animated GIFs
Generate and preview animated GIFs, then download

77. 216 Color Webmasters Palette
Web Safe colors for webmasters

78. ASCII Art
The original Web Art

79. ASCII Generator

80. Image to ASCII
Convert images and text to ASCII

81. GIMP
GNU Image Manipulation Program

82. Inkscape
Open Source vector graphics editor, similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw

83. Create Web 2.0 Badges (image –png)
Ajax lessons show you how to create a shiny Web 2.0 badge in eight easy steps

84. Color Scheme Generator

85. Who is the Owner?
Find out who owns a Web site quickly

86. Google Banned Tool
Quick way to find out whether your URL is in Google’s banned database

87. Crazy Egg
Variety of products to see what people are doing on your site using a heatmap or just plain hard data. Pricing plans start with free accounts that let you track up to 5000 visits per month and four pages, up to Pro an offering for $99 per month that lets you track 250,000 visits per month.

88. SiteScan
A free way to ensure that your website is configured properly for Google Analytics.

89. Reinvigorate’s Snoop
Real Time Web Analytics - free for PC and Mac. Greater flexibility than Google Analytics

90. PopURI
At-a-glance link popularity of any site based on its ranking (Google PageRank, Alexa Rank, Technorati etc.), social bookmarks (del.icio.us, etc), subscribers (Bloglines, etc) and more

91. Quantcast
Demographics for your site

92. Social Meter
Scans popular social websites to analyze your social popularity

93. How to create a WordPress theme
A 16 part series on how to build a WordPress theme from whoa to go

94. Highlight Author Comments
Matt Cutts shows you how to change the color of your own comments so they stand out. For WordPress

95. 100 High Quality and Free WordPress Themes
Smashing Magazine has downloaded, installed, and tested hundreds of themes; these are their top 100 picks. Whether you are after design inspiration or coding solutions, this is the place to start

96. Omnidrive
Up to 1GB Free, no file size limit but 128 bit SSL encryption only available for PRO accounts

97. Box
Up to 1GB Free storage but monthly bandwidth restricted to 10GB, file size restricted to 10MB

98. Media Max
25 GB Free, Download 1 GB per month, File size restricted to 10MB

99. Map-o-net
Shows you where you lie in the structure of IP addresses

100. Domain Hacks
Helps you find domains which are the combination of unusual TLD, directories and subdomains. For instance, http://l.id can be registered (from Indonesia)

101. Scratch – programming for kids
Want your little person taking over the family web development business? Let them play with Scratch. Developed by MIT

102. Internet World Stats
Comprehensive statistics about the Internet and Web

103. Feed Journal
The next generation newspaper, FeedJournal turns your RSS feeds into a newspaper formatted PDF so you can print it out and read it anywhere - free

You’ve made it this far - so a little silliness for your viewing pleasure - enjoy!

104. Music using ONLY sounds from Windows XP and 98! (approx. 2 mins)

105. Mac Parody (approx. 3 mins)

106. Ze Frank’s Punctuation Substitution (approx. 2 mins)

107. Wes Borg-Internet Help Desk Live (approx. 6 mins)

108. BlueScreen of Death Screen Saver v3.2

I’d love to see this list grow over time; get rid of defunct listings and add new and useful ones as I come across them, so if you know of any that should have been included (or if you think some are really awful) please let me know, and I’ll keep editing. With your help, I think this could be a great resource for tons of folk!

source : blog-well.com

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