IntroductionIn web development, there are a number of tools that play very important roles in ensuring that all that needs to be done is done with the least effort possible. These tools help developers in handling such functions as writing code, source code revision control, layout visualization and task tracking. These functions are key to the successful development of a website or web-based application. Many tools have been developed to handle these functions leading to a variety from where developers can choose. Just as it is in other fields and especially in business, the availability of many products in the market leads to competition which ends up benefitting the consumer.
The products in this case are the web development tools while the consumers are web developers. The presence of many tools in the market has led to some sort of competition that has led to those producing them coming up with additional features to make their products stand out. This leads to the availability of great tools in the market that can lead to the development of great web applications. However, when there exists a variety from, where developers can choose, the challenge of knowing what to choose comes in.
there are various aspects of a tool that a developer must look when selecting a tool to perform the mentioned functions. These aspects are efficiency, plugins and extensions. The main focus is, therefore, on better time use and the available of additional features to make work easier. The paper focuses on the best tools for each of the identified categories. Text EditorsText editors, also source code editors, are tools that enable a developer to write and manipulate (edit and delete) code during the development stage of an application.
Text editors are very important tools because they enable the entire process of web development to be begin and run with or without other tools. Even without other enhancements, text editors alone can be used to develop an entire web application. There are many tools that serve this basic operation of web development; some of the notable ones Macromedia Dreamweaver, Sublime Text, Notepad, Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code. Different developers will choose different tools from this category, but, arguably, the best text/source code editor is the visual studio code. Efficiency: Visual studio code (symbol in appendix A) is a free text editor that supports OSX, Windows and Linux platforms.
From the time of its release (April, 2015) to date, it has received many positive ratings and is now ranked high. As opposed to the other editors, Visual studio code is very efficient. It underlines errors so that one doesn’t have to execute and correct later. It also marks functions and other parts of code differently to easy identification.
It also allows for the opening of folders so that addition of files, deletion and manipulation of code for a project can be done within the editor. Side-by-side coding makes it the most efficient text editor. Plugins and extensions: visual studio code comes with a built-in extension management functionality which allows one to easily add plugins and extensions. It also has many plugins and extensions than other text editors. One of the plugins is the Debugger from Chrome which allows one to debug JS codes within the editor.
Among its best extensions are Open-In-Browser, which allows the developer to open the code in a default browser of the developer’s choice. The editor has over 15 plugins and extensions that help in adding more functionality and ease coding. Others are Quokka for debugging, Faker for JS library, CSS peek for CSS classes and the great Color Info plugin that gives information about the various colors of code used. These extensions and plugins can be added and managed easily with visual studio code than with any other source code editor.
This makes visual studio code stand out among the rest. VS studio is, therefore, the best text/source code editor.