The Web Developer's Toolkit
The Web Developer's Toolkit
The Web Developer's Toolkit

Last updated on 2018-08-11

About the Book

As web developers, everything we do is mediated through a set of tools. Not just the programming languages we use, but a set of applications, libraries, commands, and what not that enable us to write and maintain our code.

* We type our code into an editor. Editors are very powerful, with all kinds of hooks for customization and automation.

* We run commands in a terminal, that uses a command shell. Command shells have all kinds of ways to automate common tasks. Many terminal programs have customization or visibility options.

* We share code using Git and GitHub. Both of these are very powerful tools, full of uncommonly used, but useful features.

* We run our code in a web browser. Modern web browsers have powerful inspection and debugging tools, as well as extension libraries.

* We use an operating system that can run other helpful applications, and which has its own opportunities for automation and customization.

There's a _lot_ of power here, but it's easy to get lost in a maze of customization for customization's sake. 

This book will provide a number of genuinely useful tips and tools that will help you better manage your development environment.

I'm going to focus not just on the nuts-and-bolts of the tools and tips, but also why they are useful, and how to make them more useful.

About the Author

Noel Rappin
Noel Rappin

Noel Rappin is the Director of Development at Table XI. Noel has authored multiple technical books, including "Rails 4 Test Prescriptions", "Trust-Driven Development", and "Take My Money: Accepting Payments on the Web". Follow Noel on Twitter @noelrap, and online at

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