Are you a fast coder? Yes? If then how fast you can code? Being a fast typist isn’t about coding faster. Faster coding is about getting more things done with less effort. Here comes the role of productivity tools.
Listed below are some very useful productivity tools – for Frong End Developers. The tools below will help you code must faster and saves a lot of time. After all we are not a typist :), so why don’t we use these tools:
1.) ZEN CODING
Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code.
Haml is a markup language that’s used to cleanly and simply describe the HTML of any web document without the use of inline code. Haml functions as a replacement for inline page templating systems such as PHP, ASP, and ERB, the templating language used in most Ruby on Rails applications.
Best learn resource: http://haml-lang.com/tutorial.html
You can write HTML in a CSS-like syntax, and have Sparkup handle the expansion to full HTML code. It is meant to help you write long HTML blocks in your text editor by letting you type less characters than needed.
Best learn resource: http://thechangelog.com/post/1421721495/sparkup-a-parser-for-a-condensed-html-format
The dynamic stylesheet language. LESS extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions.
Sass is a meta-language on top of CSS that’s used to describe the style of a document cleanly and structurally, with more power than flat CSS allows.
Best learn resource: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/other/mastering-sass-lesson-1/
CSS Prefixr is a CSS pre-processor tool, that generates the cross browser css from given codes. Forget about writing multiple browser prefixes and start using Prefixr.
Sprite Cow helps you get the background-position, width and height of sprites within a spritesheet as a nice bit of copyable css.
All of the above tools are my daily usage tools. Once you get the rid of using these tools – you will thank me for listing.