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Essential Frontend Web Development Tools You Should Know

Pankaj Kumar
I am javascript developer having experience of 8 years+ on different frameworks/libraries of Javascaipt. I am interested to explore more in js.
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As a front-end web development, It's very important to know about the useful tools which can make the work more efficient, faster in less time.

In this article, I am going to list a few very common front-end tools a front-end web developer should familiar with.

Chrome Developer tools

Chrome DevTools is a set of web developer tools built directly into the Google Chrome browser. Rapid Debugging - the built in console will direct you to errors with your code. For quick style changes, you don't even need to use a text editor. You can inspect the particular element on the page to determine which styles are being applied. Chrome Developer Tools creates virtual mobile devices, enabling you to experience a mobile user journey on almost any mobile device, without having to physically have one with you.


It is one of the useful front-end development tool which comes for task automation related task. It can perform repetitive task very easily, such as unit testing, running tests, minifying files etc. Grunt comes with built-in tasks that extends functionality of plugin and scripts.It's ecosystem is huge, you can automate anything with less effort.

Shareable & Runnable Code Editors

Below are list of some environments of web development for front-end developers and designers.

Code Sandbox

Grid Guide

It is another useful front end development tool. It allows creating perfect pixel grids within designs. It adds guide based on the canvas, artboard, and selected layers. It allows creating duplicate guides to other artboards and documents.

Git Extensions

Git Extensions, which is a graphical user interface for Git, not only does it allow you to control Git without using the CLI, but you can view the commit history in a graph structure, view the history of files, use a rebase workflow, and much more. That makes it one of the top front-end development tools.

Offline Tools

Hoodie: A fast, simple and self-hosted backend as a service for your (web) apps, Open Source and free. No need to write server-side code or database schemas.
Offline.js: Offline.js is a library to automatically alert your users when they've lost internet connectivity, like Gmail.
PouchDB: PouchDB was created to help web developers build applications that work as well offline as they do online.
upup: a tiny script that makes sure your site is always there for your users

CSS Tools

Base: Spend less time overriding styles and focus more time on creating beautiful website applications.
Bootstrap: Build responsive, mobile-first projects on the web with the world’s most popular front-end component library.
Foundation: The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world.
Material Design Lite (MDL): Material Design Lite lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your websites. It doesn’t rely on any JavaScript frameworks and aims to optimize for cross-device use, gracefully degrade in older browsers, and offer an experience that is immediately accessible.

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