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Web Publishing and Development: Free Tools Abound
by Sam Dean - Sep. 29, 2016Comments (0)
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Are you involved in DevOps and web development, or are you aiming to be? If so, you're probably very aware of many of the tools from the open standards and open source arenas that can make your work easier. Still, these are always spreading out at a fast clip and there are some applications and tools that are rarely discussed. Here at OStatic, we try to regularly update our collections focused on them. In this post, you'll find our latest roundup of free resources for web development that range from complete online courses available for free to unsung applications.Most web development environments cater especially to developers who favor certain languages and environments. Kompozer, seen at left, is a huge favorite with developers who are into CSS (cascading style sheets). Kompozer's rendering engine uses Gecko, the same layout engine in Mozilla's Firefox. It stands out for its very easy-to-use CSS editor, and strong WYSIWYG features. You also don't have to be very experienced with HTML or other web development langauges to use Kompozer. Windows, Mac and Linux users can get going with it. Open source developers and proprietary developers alike can benefit from W3 Schools. It's an extremely rich educational resource for building best-of-breed online applications. The site has a very exhaustive set of free, hands-on tutorials on both mainstream and esoteric web development topics. You can brush up on CSS, publishing your experiments to actual pages, or walk through examples of how to use everything from AJAX to PHP. Take a gander down the left rail of the home page for how complete the lesson coverage is. If you work with graphics and images online, or want to become good at doing so, investigate GIMP, one of the best open source graphics applications there is. We've done a number of posts on free tutorials and online guides to the applications that will get you going quickly. We've also discussed some other useful, free graphics and image editing applications here.  Piwik, at left, is open source web analytics software, and I've written before about it--highly recommended. When it comes to doing web analytics, it's beneficial to get as many views of your data as possible, so you can use Piwik in conjunction with a tool like Google Analytics or on its own. Piwik's features are built inside plug-ins, and a community of developers contributes interesting plug-ins. It also has a very customizable interface where you can drag and drop the types of widgets you would like to keep an eye on regarding site metrics.Quanta Plus is a very rich, open source web development environment, especially popular with those who concentrate on PHP for building sites and applications. It's based on KDE, so it appeals to those in the Linux community most. It does a good job of letting you work with multiple pages at once, and has very complete PHP debugging.Notepad++ has been a very popular open source code editor and text editor for a long time. Licensed under the GPL and available for Windows, many people use it as a replacement for Windows Notepad, and as an editor to write blog posts in, where it won't introduce the same formatting problems that some word processors do (which can throw off a blog engine).  Of course, one of the most beloved tools for web developers is the Firebug extension for Firefox. If you're deep into development for the web, you probably already use it. With Firebug, experimenting with CSS changes no longer requires that you reload a page dozens of times; using Firebug, you can dynamically edit an HTML element's styling, looking at the effects as you change each variable value. Similarly, Firebug's JavaScript console makes it easy to work with JavaScript interactively.And Firebug is hardly the only useful development tool for use in the Firefox browser. The Web Developer Extension for Firefox can put an array of great resources at your fingertips, and you can find a good discussion of it here. After years of development and competition, open source content management systems (CMS) have become very powerful tools for building, deploying and managing web sites, blogs and more. You're probably familiar with some of the big names in this arena, including Drupal (which Ostatic is based on) and Joomla.  The good news is that free, sophisticated guides for evaluating CMS systems have flourished, as well. In this post, you'll find our complete guide to how to pick the right one for you. 
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