Top 10 Web Development Tools That Will Still Be Relevant in 2022

For most people, technology moves at the speed of light. As soon as you’ve mastered something, it’s time to move on to the next big thing.

However, some pieces of software seem to stand the test of time and never go out of style, no matter how much new software or hardware comes out.

This article looks at 10 web development tools that are still relevant today, which will likely still be relevant in 2022.

Top 10 Web Development Tools That Will Still Be Useful in 2022

1) Firebug

Before we had Chrome DevTools, we had Firebug. This popular Firefox extension is an indispensable tool for those developing websites, allowing us to see (and change) HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the fly. 

Though it may eventually become overshadowed by new technology (like it was with Chrome’s built-in developer tools), expect Firebug to stick around for quite some time as a handy tool for quick changes and adjustments.

2) Chrome Developer Tools

Chrome Developer Tools are a collection of web authoring and debugging tools built into Google Chrome. Initially intended for Web developers, they have become a part of everyday use for many users. 

They can be used to modify websites or even debug client-side JavaScript code running in the browser. Many of these features have been ported over to other browsers through extensions and plugins.

3) Firefox Developer Edition

In a world full of Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Opera, Firefox Developer Edition is just one of several browsers out there fighting for your attention. What sets it apart is not so much its unique features but rather its simplicity. 

The focus with Firefox Developer Edition has always been on bringing a clear, clean, and easy-to-use interface to developers while making sure everything is working under the hood.

4) Web developer toolbar

The Web Developer Toolbar is a Mozilla Firefox extension for web developers. It allows you to inspect and edit HTML, CSS, DOM, and JavaScript on any web page from within your browser. 

It’s always nice to use Firebug or Chrome dev tools, but if you need a little more capability or prefer something different from what Chrome provides, you can try out The Web Developer Toolbar. This toolbar is open source which makes it free to use.

5) Safari Web Inspector

A tool to inspect your website’s code and take note of changes made over time, you can use it to track down performance issues or even find how often specific elements on your page are changing. 

It might be an older tool, but it’s one that should never fade out of style. And since nothing ever gets thrown away, we think Web Inspector will continue to remain a staple for years to come. 

6) IE Dev Toolbar

If you do any kind of front-end design or development for a living, then you’re likely very familiar with IE’s developer toolbar. The toolbar makes it easier to inspect your site on IE, troubleshoot HTML and CSS, and change CSS without reloading your browser. 

It also provides access to its Emulation menu. This menu contains a wealth of features like color pickers, viewport emulation, remote debugging, and more.

7) Fiddler

Fiddler is a free web debugging proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. It helps developers monitor their applications’ traffic, set breakpoints, and see how data is passed between the client and server. 

Fiddler can help you track down and eliminate performance bottlenecks or other problems in your code, identify potential attacks and security weaknesses, find out why your software is not behaving as expected under certain conditions, etc.

8) TamperMonkey (or equivalent user scripts)

At its most basic, TamperMonkey is a user script manager for Google Chrome. It allows you to install and uninstall user scripts – small pieces of JavaScript that can change how websites work. 

For example, a user script could automatically detect keywords on every page and send them to your favorite search engine for indexing, or it could block elements from displaying until you hover over them with your mouse cursor.

9) Silk Icons (or equivalent resource sets for browsers)

These icons are based on Unicode, meaning they can be viewed and used by nearly every person who browses your site across multiple platforms. 

Silk Icons come in five icon sets: Basic, Essential, Pro, Ultra, and Ultimate. If you aren’t keen on spending money on these icons (they range from $99 to $499), other great resources like Entypo Icon Set or Pictos also offer high-quality icons for free.

10) Sass

Sass (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) is a stylesheet language originally designed by Hampton Catlin and first released in December of 2006. It is most commonly used to add some syntactic sugar on top of CSS, giving designers more power and control than plain old CSS. 

Sass helps shorten long, complex selectors with nesting by leveraging nested rule declarations, which can then be easily modified. Additionally, many extensions have been built on top of Sass to bring even more functionality to bear.

Final Words!

There are a lot of tools that are trending right now, but many of them come and go. It’s important to remember to keep your options open with website development. Don’t be blinded by shiny objects or trending topics. 

Take an objective look at which tools will stand strong over time and hold their value in five years when you start developing with them (or pick up where you left off). This way, you can maximize what you learn from new technologies so it isn’t a waste of time. 

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