Fresh Resources for Web Developers — December 2016
We are nearing the end of 2016, and it has been a thrilling year for many including the web developers. This year, ReactJS’s popularity soared up exponentially, a new ReactJS extension is released and sits on the list of Github’s trending repositories (almost) every week.
Find our entire collection of recommended resources and the best web design and development tools available.
PHP7 is also released this year which offers significant improvement on speed, as well as the release of WordPress 4.7 with the long awaited WP-API feature, and Facebook also introduced Yarn Package that may challenge NPM.
For further details on each of these useful releases, let’s take a look at the following list:
Yarn is a Node package manager built by Facebook. It basically performs similar to NPM albeit with advancements in several areas such as speeds, ‘offline mode’ which allows you to install the packages without connecting to the Internet, and security as well as reliability.
A handy WordPress plugin to cache WordPress Menu using Transient API to improve database query speed. The plugin comes with a number of Filters to customize the caching period and perform other stuff. It can be installed using Composer or as a regular WordPress plugin.
Githunt is a Google Chrome extension that replaces Chrome homepage with Github trending repository. You can sort the result out based on the period and the programming language. It is, I think, a must-install utility for every developer to stay updated with the shiniest tools around.
Can’t focus on your work and want to get your job done quickly? Try FFocus. It is a CLI that allows you to block website for a set duration through Terminal. FFocus can be installed through NPM by running the npm i ffocus -g command.
Colorable is a handy web application that allows you to generate color combination that complies with WCAG Guidelines, and also makes your website accesible to users with a visual impairment like color blindness.
The name says it all. It is a CSS Reference to look up CSS syntax. It is also presented in a nice pleasant way which make it a great alternative for CSS documentation at MDN, if you think it’s too boring.
This is GUI App that makes setting up a local WordPress website in your macOS so easy. The app is jam-packed with great utilities for developers, such as; “One-click” WordPress installation, SSH access, easy SSL setup, site blueprint, and XIP.io. The app was priced at around 149USD, but is now given for free ever since acquired by Flywheel.
OverPass font is a font family consisting of eight weights (200-900), true italic, and monospace typeface. The font can be loaded as a web font from KeyCDN as well as installed for Desktop use. It is free and open source.
Form base is a set of CSS style rules that reset form elements which include input, checkbox, select, and textareawith basic yet beatiful styles. This CSS library is a good use in conjunction with another “CSS resetter” like Normalize.css.