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Handy Web Developer Tools Rundown

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Software developers always seem to accumulate a bunch of tools to help get their work done.  We've done a quick internal roundup of some of these tools and wanted to share them with the Ektron developer community.

Go some of your favs that you don't see below?  Please add a comment and tell us what the are!

Bill Likes:

  • LiveHTTPHeaders (Firefox extension for viewing http request & response headers)
  • GreaseMonkey (Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to customize the way webpages look and function)

Greg Likes:

  • Dreamweaver (Friendliest page development environment)
  • Fireworks ( By far best Web site design tool)
  • Web Developer ToolBar (Firefox extension that makes trouble shooting page issues a breeze)
  • WordPad (Can’t beat the old master for a quick code check.  )

Bruce Likes:

Ted Likes:

Kevin Likes:

I use WinMerge like it is going out of style ( ). Since I do all of my development in a "sandbox" directory then merge my changes into the source control I end up using it every day. It is easy to use, quick and I have never run into any issues with it.  

My favorite development tool is currently OutlookSpy ( ). It is invaluable to anyone who wants to delve into the mystery that is the Outlook API. It literally allows you to see everything going on behind the scenes in Outlook.

One of the most useful web pages I have found for any kind of non-trivial debugging is the Sysinternals web page (it is now owned by Microsoft). If you need to do any serious network or system monitoring (events, files, system resources, network resource, network traffic, network file securities, etc.) they have a utility that will make it significantly easier. I find myself on this site when all my standard debugging techniques fail. (

Keith Likes:

Another good tool for deconstructing the various components of a page is JSView.  It allows you to view the source for any of the various included files (JavaScripts, CSS, etc.).  I use it a lot when I'm deconstructing other things on the web that I've found and might want to replicate.  It's another simple FireFox plugin.

I found a new cool tool today that I think is going to work out great.  It is a stand alone version of IE6, and it allows you to have both IE7 and IE6 installed on the same box for testing purposes.

Details for the standalone IE6 and installation ntoes can be found at