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Top 10 Best Web Development Tools for Your Browser

written by: Summer Banks•edited by: Robin L.•updated: 6/7/2009

In today’s world, ease of access is everything. This goes for web development as well. For the on-the-go web designer, there are 10 must have browser tools to make your life easier and your designing more streamlined. Here are the best web development tools for the serious designer.

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    The world wide web is constantly growing and expanding and this means a consistent flow of work for the web developer. When choosing just the right best web development tools for the job, there are the best web development tools to integrate into the web browser you use to search the Internet. These best web development tools are there for quick and easy access every time you hit “GO!”

    FireBug – Firefox browser tool that inspects HTML, CSS, DOM and Javascript for errors. This best web development tools choice also inspects for bugs in the code.

    Web Developer – Firefox, Flock and Sea Monkey browser tool integrated into the current tool bar. This tool inspects web pages and debugs code.

    Yslow – This Yahoo tool integrates with FireBug to give a website a performance grade based upon the front-end of the website.

    IE Web Developer Bar – This is one of the best web development tools created for Internet Explorer. It offers a toolbar that does everything FireBug and Web Developer do, but with the additional ability to change the website code.

    Fiddler Web Debugger – This IE tool allows the web developer to see what happens when a visitor hits their website by profiling HTTP traffic.

    DebugBar – IE users can install this tool quickly and easily. The reason the DebugBar is one fo the best web development tools is that it instantly gives the developer the ability to send screen shots through their email client.

    HTTPWatch – Along the same lines as Fiddler, but with a easier user interface, this HTTP watcher integrates with both IE and Firefox. With HTTPWatch, all information collected can be exported to Excel or Google Docs.

    Web Accessibility Toolbar – This tool works with IE and Opera and offers a unique look at your website, literally. With this tool, your URL can be evaluated for accessibility for people with disabilities including color blindness and poor vision. For more information on web design for the disabled visit Disabilities and Web Design.

    Fangs – Another tool aimed at web content accessibility, Fangs provides the web developer a look at what the page reader (text is read to the browser and is used by people with poor eyesight) sees.

    Colorzilla – Love the colors on a competitors web page, Colorzilla is the tool for you. This Firefox extension will analyze any website and return the list of colors used on the site.

    These 10 best web development tools are just the start to a new world of web development. Today, the web designer has the ability to check out their HTTP traffic, edit their HTML or CSS and even research the best color schemes from any browser, anywhere. Web design has never looked so good.