As a website developer we have to keep our-self up to date and at the same time keeping personal resource database is a must indeed.Keeping yourself well organized is an asset. If you can use more time saving tools, it gives you time to think about other important things in life. On internet you may find so many tools for web development work-flow. It becomes quite impossible to choose a good one because almost all of them deals with same entity, yet usability, experience or accessibility may vary.
In this article I am going to write about some useful tools which may help web developers reduce their work load while working with CSS. References of these tools have been collected from various famous tech blogs. I tried to mix up different tools for different purposes.
You may like to read one of our previous writing on CSS – All about CSS : Useful blog post on CSS3
CSS Processor gives you the option to be more productive within short time. There are so many CSS Processor out there. Every single of them gives you extensive support based on their special ability to process CSS to it’s extend.
LESS is an extension of CSS. You can write LESS code just like you would write CSS, except you need to compile it to CSS. LESS uses existing CSS syntax. This tool got some mindblowing option like Variables, Mixins, Nested rules, Operations and many more. See there Docs
Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.
Turbine is a PHP-powered tool that introduces a new way for writing CSS. It’s syntax and features are designed to decrease css development time and web developer headache. Have a look at their Docs
CSSP extends the CSS language to help you develop and maintain sane CSS code. Now you can do what you’ve always wanted to do in CSS:
* Define constants in CSS files, and use them throughout your codebase.
* Import constants from other files.
* Emit browser-specific CSS code.
IE Converter Tools
Still Internet Explorer holds major market segment in browsing software. Though developers try to avoid IE for their development purpose, but good developers try to keep in mind their website should be all browser’s fruit! Below you will find few tools which helps you eliminate problems that we face while writing CSS for IE.
IE6 CSS FIXER
A tool specifically designed to ease the pain of the ie6 css debugger. If you want to read up on all the specifics, I advise you to check the articles on the ideology, the specific fixes and the scope of this tool.
Compress, optimize your CSS code to load your website faster. Most of the developers now using these tools for optimization, hence YSlow is a popular tool for testing CSS size and loading time which can be used along with Firebug for Firefox browser. It gives you and option to cmpress the whitespaces within inline codes, but for even better results I will suggest using following tools for your optimization.
CleanCSS is a powerful CSS optimizer and formatter. Basically, it takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.
Online CSS Optimizer/Optimiser is a web tool for reducing the file size of cascading style sheets. In order to save more space optimized files would be messy even so you may output it as a file.
CSS DRIVE -> CSS COMPRESSOR
Use this utility to compress your CSS to increase loading speed and save on bandwidth as well. You can choose from three levels of compression, depending on how legible you want the compressed CSS to be versus degree of compression. The “Normal” mode should work well in most cases, creating a good balance between the two.
Who like to write down same CSS-Code or any other Markup twice? It’s very common scenario web developer has to face repeated classes and ID’s used on previous projects. CSS Framework gives you the way of using reusable predefined styles for your new project. Below I am going to showcase few of them.
The framework offers an easily customizable grid, sensible typography, a typographic baseline and a stylesheet for printing. It also uses relative font-sizes, provides a CSS reset and is supposed to be cleaned of code bloats. (Recommended by Sven Lennartz on Smashingmag)
960 GRID SYSTEM
The premise of the system is ideally suited to rapid prototyping, but it would work equally well when integrated into a production environment. There are printable sketch sheets, design layouts, and a CSS file that have identical measurements.
Elements is a down to earth CSS framework. It was built to help designers write CSS faster and more efficient. Elements goes beyond being just a framework, it’s its own project workflow.It has everything you need to complete your project, which makes you and your clients happy. Read the Overview for more information.
Few other CSS tools
Below you will find source of different tools with different functionality.
BLUEPRINT GRID CSS GENERATOR
This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprint’s grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.
COLORS PALETTE GENERATOR
Upload an image to generate a color palette based on the image’s primary colors. Useful for quickly grabbing a particular color within an image for inspiration.
W3C CSS VALIDATION SERVICE
W3C validation for CSS, This is the ideal place to check your CSS script’s validity. While valid you will get a W3C Valid CSS badge
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