Of the thousands of open source tools, weve tried to list the best among them. Its not been easy to arrive at this list, especially because different people have different, personal favourites.
LESS is a CSS pre-processor, so it has a syntax that is similar to CSS. LESS supports lots of features that can speed your Web development. It provides features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques that allow you to make CSS more maintainable, themeable and extendable. Its developed by Alexis Sellier.
Notepad++ is an open source text and source code editor for Microsoft Windows. It provides tabbed editing, syntax highlighting and code folding for more than 50 programming, scripting and markup languages. Notepad++ has large community support and plugins. It also supports Macro recording and playback, Bookmark and PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace.
XAMPP is an open source, cross-platform tool, which is a favourite among Web developers. The full form of XAMPP is X-Cross platform, Apache, MariaDB, PHP and Perl. Earlier, it used MySQL instead of MariaDB. XAMPP is a complete package of these libraries, so developers dont need to worry about installing and configuring PHP, MariaDB and Apache. Its the simplest way to set up a local Web server.
Its key features are:
- Inspects and edits HTML
- Tweaks CSS to perfection
- Visualises CSS metrics
- Monitors network activity
- Quickly finds errors
- Explores the DOM
- Manages cookies
I have listed what I rank as the top 10 open source tools here. But there are many more tools that are also popular in these categories like WampServer, phpMyAdmin, Filezilla, JEdit, YSlow, etc. Everyone has their own preferences. Sometimes we love some tools because we are used to them. Try these tools out if you still havent.