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Ultraboost your Web Development Process

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This post is for Web Developers who wish they did not have to choose from such a huge array of tools and IDEs available for web development. This is my experience of how I scourged many sites, tested many tools and finally settled down with a small and powerful arsenal.<br /><br /><strong>1. Server Setup</strong><br /><br />Apache and Tomcat are good, but require so much tweaking to get their engines started, and to work well with other application servers. One out-of-the-box solution is XAMPP, which bundles Apache, MySQL, Perl and PHP (along with many addons thrown in), and works in both Windows and Linux. For those who need J2EE, it also offers a Tomcat addon that allows Tomcat to co-exist with Apache. One server for most of your needs, and you can get it from <a href="http://apachefriends.org/en/index.html">http://apachefriends.org/en/index.html</a>.<br /><br />The only compiler missing in the XAMPP package is Ruby on Rails. For that, ROROX (or AxleGrease) is a plugin that provides ROR on top of an existing XAMPP installation. Though it is in beta, it worked fine for me. Get it from <a href="http://rubyforge.org/projects/rorox">http://rubyforge.org/projects/rorox</a>.<br /><br /><strong>2. IDE Setup</strong><br /><br />Again, the choice of IDEs are huge. Sometimes for more specific tasks, we are forced to use smaller tools built for those tasks alone. But for most of your webdev needs, Eclipse suits well. A specific bundle of Eclipse, called EasyEclipse for LAMP - bundles all the editors and plugins needed for Java, J2EE, Webtools, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails and some much needed plugins. This IDE rules! Get the bundle from <a href="http://easyeclipse.org/site/distributions/lamp.html">http://easyeclipse.org/site/distributions/lamp.html</a>.<br /><br /><strong>3. Browser</strong><br /><br />Though the built-in browser in Eclipse uses the mozilla library and works well, you still need some powerful browser like IE, Firefox or Opera. That is a matter of your personal choice. I prefer Firefox because apart from browsing, it has a wonderful Javascript Debugger that can even detect errors in CSS formation! And guess what, it also has FireFTP (another good FTP client), a Web Developers Toolbar and a HTML validation extension.<br /><br />After months of using specialized tools for each purpose and getting frustrated by switching from one tool to another, this was the best setup I could get. My tux laptop now only runs these 3 mainstream software all the time!<br />

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