1: Font Pair – Fonts don’t exist in a vacuum, least of all Google fonts. With thousands of different fonts available, being able to maintain an aesthetically pleasing reading experience can be a challenge. Fortunately, there’s Font Pair, which reveals which Google fonts work best together. You’ll never get lost pairing serifs and sans-serifs again, we promise.
2: PlaceIMG – After you’ve built the wireframe, spun up the dev box, and started your latest (and greatest) creation, there’s always one thing missing: Great images. With the ability to deliver images in the style and size of your choice, PlaceIMG is an essential bookmark and has delivered over 100 million images to web developers worldwide.
3: Materialize – Google’s Material Design is, without a doubt, all the rage in 2016. But enacting the principles from scratch can be hard. Materialize is a responsive CSS framework based on Material Design. By incorporating custom CSS components into the default settings, building a great user experience with a beautiful aesthetic couldn’t be easier.
4: Gulp – Automating your dev team’s workflow is a crucial step to speeding up the creation of your next app. That’s where Gulp comes in: This taskrunner uses node streams to speed up your workflow and make your latest build work exactly how you imagine… hopefully.
5: Atom – Don’t love text editors? Well, here’s one that will make you love them. Atom is an open source desktop app that is customizable from the bottom up. The best part? You don’t need to touch the config file for each customization. So if you want to directly edit Chrome text in a darker UI where colors are are visually displayed… This is your golden ticket.
6: XAMPP – Great local dev environments are essential for web developers. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to install an Apache web server, especially one with all the bells and whistles. That’s why XAMPP has been around for over a decade: It’s easy to install Apache distribution contains the full gamut of tools (MariaDB, PHP, and Perl) and, crucially, is 100% free.