Essential toolkit for a developer building a site

This is my own opinion of the keys to give you a leg up when creating a new PHP/MySQL site:

  1. Apple Mac – Go to Web Directions and it is clear web developers prefer Macs for many reasons (costs vary)
  2. MAMP Pro – So so good, so easy to use and create local hosts on the local in various locations across your Mac ($US59)
  3. Coda – The best IDE / text-editor for Mac – the all in one window is amazing ($US99)
  4. CodeIgniter – Easy to learn and very fast to develop with PHP framework (free)
  5. CodeIgniter Coda Mode – Code hinting for CodeIgniter within Coda (free)
  6. Twitter BootStrap – Basic front end layout (free)
  7. Font Awesome – Font vector images for Twitter BootStrap (free)
  8. Litmus – Get quick screenshots of your sites (from $US49 p/month)
  9. VirtualBox and Windows IE Testing VMs – Microsoft allows you to download VMs to test your site in different versions of IE (free)
  10. Sequel Pro – Awesome database GUI (free)
And a bonus is the amazing Google Apps – GMail, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Google Web Master Tools, Google Maps…(free for low volume usage)

With these tools you can get started on your next site in hours.

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