Developers use a number of tools in their projects that help them be more successful. In this video, explore some of the common tools like IDEs, linting, and how build processes have changed the way developers can work with next-generation techniques today.
- Developers use a number of tools to get their work done, and the lightsaver of development tools is your code editor. In recent years, Visual Studio code has become the most popular tool for coding web projects. But there are tons of other options. Now some popular options include Adam from GitHub, as well as Sublime Text. Code editors are sometimes called IDEs or Integrated Development Environments. Now, often these terms can be used interchangeably but the primary difference between a standard code editor and an IDEs is that IDEs tend to be more structured, so that things are done in a specific way with lots of shortcuts that help you program faster, as well as hints for developing and structuring your code. Also, an IDE is usually meant for more than web languages. You can really see this in the difference between an IDE like Visual Studio and a basic code editor like Visual Studio code. So let's take a look at some of the features that you should be looking for. One of the main advantages of certain editors is in their ability to guess the language you're working on, and provide assistance in writing the code. They can have built in references that let you look up documentation, for example. Now, editors can also check and format your code for potential errors. It's not good at detecting logical errors but it can catch formatting issues, suggest best practices and help your team use similar styles. When working with web projects, you often code in a version of a language that needs to be transpile. To do this developer use Build Processes to automate that conversion. A Build Process is a set of automation commands that take care of common tasks. They include tools like Webpack, which can bundle your code and removed unused pieces. Babel, which transpose your code for older browsers and local servers so you can test the application on your own machine. Build Processes make development easier and can also be a powerful tool for automating and testing your code. Learning to take advantage of these Developer Tools is an important piece and helping you become a more productive developer.
- Types of web developers
- Server technologies
- Getting web development training
- Choosing the right tools
- Getting a job
- Negotiating your salary