10 sites developers should have in their bookmarks

by Jean.

Over the millions of websites available, some are true tools for us web developers. In this article, I have compiled 10 extremely useful sites for web developers, that should definitely be added to your bookmarks.

Mysql Format Date

MySQL Format Date helps you to format your dates using the MySQL DATE_FORMAT function. Just select a common date format and then change it to your suit your needs. The MySQL DATE_FORMAT code will be generated at the bottom of the page which you can then copy into your query.
Visit site: http://www.mysqlformatdate.com

Script Src

Are you tired of hunting the Internet in order to find the script tag for the latest version of the Javascript library of your choice? ScriptSrc.net has compiled all the latest versions of jQuery, Mootools, Prototype and more in a single page which lets you copy it in your browser clipboard with a single click.

Visit site: http://scriptsrc.net

Em Chart

I never been a fan of ems in CSS files, but sometimes you have to deal with it. In that case, Em chart will translate ems to pixels so you’ll save time and hassle.

Visit site: http://aloestudios.com/tools/emchart

Twitter API Explorer

If you’re using the Twitter API in the site you build, you’ll for sure enjoy this very handy website which allow you to search through the Twitter API. Even better, the website can generate ready-to-use code snippets. A real time gain for you and your clients!

Visit site: http://twitapi.com/explore

Browser Sandbox

Cross browser compatibility is definitely one of the biggest problems a web developer has to face in his daily job. The browser sandbox lets you run any Windows browser from the web. The only bad thing is that you must run a Windows machine: The app does not work on Macs and GNU/Linux.

Visit site: http://spoon.net/browsers

PHP Forms

Web forms are one of the most important part of a website, but creating them is also very time-consuming. So, what about using a website that can speed up your form development for free?
PHP forms allows you to create advanced forms that can fit the needs of most websites.

Visit site: http://www.phpform.org

.htaccess editor

A .htaccess file is a must have for any website. Don’t know how to write one? No problem, just visit this site to create your .htaccess file using a wizard. It doesn’t allow very advanced stuff, but the results are great for 95% of the websites you’ll make.

Visit site: http://www.htaccesseditor.com/en.shtml

Smush it!

Images may be worth a thousand words, they’re also well known to use a lot of bandwidth. Images can be optimized for the web using programs like Photoshop; but if you don’t own a copy of this software or simply don’t have a clue how to do it, smush.it is what you need.
Brought to you by Yahoo developers network, Smush.it is an online tool that will reduce your image size without reducing their quality. For WordPress users, a very handy plugin for your favorite blogging engine is available here.

Visit site: http://developer.yahoo.com/yslow/smushit/

CSS Compressor

Especially on site with many different page layouts, CSS files can become huge and use a lot of server bandwidth. This tool, named CSS Compressor, can consequently reduce the size of any CSS file by removing comments, indentation and more.
Even better, compression level can be configured to fit your needs.

Visit site: http://www.csscompressor.com

Test everything

This site is a definitive must-have for your bookmarks: As the name says, Test everything allows you to test lot of things such as XHTML and CSS markup, PageRank, back-links, and a lot more.

Visit site: http://tester.jonasjohn.de

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  • http://php.quicoto.com quicoto

    I liked the CSS compresor.


    • http://php.quicoto.com quicoto

      answering myself… The Page Speed extension from Google already does it :)

      • http://411brand.com/ Marto @ 411 Brand

        It really increases the website speed, but it totally broke the website on older browsers :/

  • http://www.imagomedia.be Tom Hermans

    Nice and handy list of tools I already knew + some new ones I will definitely use ! Thanx!


  • http://www.kylegallant.com Kyle Gallant

    You say 10 sites I should bookmark… I say one post I should bookmark 😉

    Keep up the good work.

    • http://notagrouch.com/ Oscar Gonzalez

      My thoughts exactly. Excellent Post.

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  • http://www.undo-studio.com/ Alí Suárez

    I didn’t know about those tools.

    I’m truly amazed.


  • http://campolar.me campolar

    Awesome list! I already knew some, forgot some, found some new ones 😀

  • http://www.gervet.net Gervet

    An interesting list. I still use one of them as PHP Forms never quite convinced me. Would not hurt to try

  • http://tentonweb.com/resume/resume.php Jim Summer

    Does anyone know the url of a JavaScript compressor?
    ~ Jim

    • http://www.wprecipes.com Jean-Baptiste Jung

      You can try http://javascriptcompressor.com/ :)

  • real developer

    theese sites are no good for real developers. only for web-“developers”

    • http://www.wprecipes.com Jean-Baptiste Jung

      Sorry, I forgot I’m a false developer 😉

      • http://tentonweb.com/resume/resume.php Jim Summer

        I prefer ‘unreal developer’ ;~)

        • Brad

          I prefer being a floating-point developer.

          • http://digitaloverflow.net/ Jeremy

            There are good and bad in both, most of the best ones i’ve worked with worked on the web. Its not what you code in but how your code changes the world or makes it a better place.

    • That Guy

      You’re visiting a Web Developer Blog…. am I wrong?

  • http://www.gregbabula.com Greg Babula

    Amazing list, thanks!

  • fjpoblam

    Omitted but you need it to coordinate your colors. I learned of it on Lifehacker and have used it AT LEAST weekly since: http://colorschemedesigner.com/

    • Cameron

      This is one of the greatest websites I have ever seen! Should definitely have made the list.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • http://alterimaging.com Vincent Ammirato

      I also like kuler.adobe.com for color themes. I’m not sure why my comments are getting labeled as spam here, though.

  • http://www.newschoolmagazine.com Erik

    Nice! I love the Em Chart (bookmarked it) and the Browser Sandbox (Cannot believe I’ve never found this)

    Thanks, cool post idea!

  • http://textfixer.com ScottH

    Nice list. Quite a few sites I hadn’t heard about before.

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  • http://designerfoo.com Designerfoo

    Nice list, most are already there in the bookmarks 😀 but still just discovered 2 new 😀

  • http://www.boardexistence.com Rodney Mullen

    Nice set of resources. Definitely bookmarked a few. I think the em list will be the handiest for me. I don’t know why, but something as simple as switching from pixels to em has been a pain for me.

  • Edison A. Leon

    I simply thank you! the CSS compressor it’s definitively a keeper

  • http://www.justforthealofit.com TheAL

    3, 4 and 9 are good to know. Thanks much!

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  • http://www.cheaphoteldealsaustralia.com/Victoria/ Metric Stormtrooper

    some other usefull tools:
    http://tools.pingdom.com – shows you what parts of your site take to long to load
    DustMe Selectors (FireFox AddOn) – finds unused css selectors declared in your css file, but not used anywhere on your page.

  • http://twitter.com/HiteshMehta Hitesh Mehta

    Great list…

  • Strx

    Spoon says “This service is unavailable on your device.” … ???

    • http://www.wprecipes.com Jean-Baptiste Jung

      Yes, as I stated in the post it is – sadly – available only on windows machines.

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  • http://www.oe-design.com/ Danny Dyson

    Such a great list.. Bookmarked!

  • http://www.tropicaweb.co.uk Paul

    http://browize.com is probably worth a mention too 😉

    Great post btw! Some new sites to me in this list!

    • http://www.wprecipes.com Jean-Baptiste Jung

      Definitely! Thanks for letting me know about this great tool!

  • http://www.scriptsrc.net/ Brandon – ScriptSrc

    Thanks for including ScriptSrc in your list! You can also follow @scriptsrc to get notified when google updates to a newer version of any of the javascript libraries we support.

  • http://www.reviewclinic.co.uk Shane

    Great post, These all look very handy. definitely bookmarking.

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  • http://www.thomascraigconsulting.com Thomas Craig Consulting

    Great collection, have use a couple and a few new ones that I haven’t seen yet.

  • http://www.microbrewmedia.com Matt – Microbrew Media

    Love the list! I have been a long time fan of SmushIt and was glad to see Yahoo Integrate it into YSlow.

  • http://shawnmclean.wordpress.com Shawn Mclean

    I just bookmarked this page instead of bookmarking each one of those. Thanks.

  • http://www.ebizindia.com Arun Agrawal

    Very useful post. We all know some of these resources but it is great to see them at one place. Well done and I look forward to see more such lists.


  • http://suissacorp.com.br Suissa

    Great LIST!!! Favorited thanks!

  • http://rolling-webdesign.com Theo

    Great and useful post. Thanks Jean !

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  • http://www.timesmark.com Nu

    Nice, have use a couple and a few new ones that I haven’t seen yet.

  • http://kathrynmerlihan.com Kathryn Merlihan

    Thanks for this! I didn’t know of most of these. Now, I’ll pass it around the office! Cheers

  • http://www.wpexplorer.com WPExplorer

    Smush it is my hero. I love this site…It has helped me decrease the loading time of my site by 4 seconds.

  • http://www.goblinridge.co.uk Ted Thompson

    Great list of resources, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.opticsugarmedia.com Dana

    Great post. I didn’t know about a few of those and will be checking them out. I also like this site:


    You can instantly create a Google sitemap.

  • http://codeconnection.wordpress.com/ John Varan

    The Browser Sandbox is my favorite, but all of these are extremely useful. I’m going to post some of these to my blog so I don’t forget about them!

  • http://theneworder.net Jon

    htaccess and css compressor are the two best tools here. 90% of webmasters will use those. I know I just did 😉

  • http://satyap06.student.ipb.ac.id/ Endy Ardhie

    nice post… thank you

  • http://www.maanh.com Maan H

    I bookmarked 3 of those, very useful links!

    having trouble with browser sandbox though – was gonna use it to test Safari but I guess Chrome will do 😛

  • http://www.searchenginerankingreport.org Raymond Raygan

    I have no idea about these tools. Thanks for the solid information!

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  • http://allsearchrecords.com/ Steve Public

    I’ve been personally been using SmushIt for several months now for my websites. The image reduction size varies, sometimes it’s up to 100kb depending on size, of course.

    I highly recommend it if have have more than 300 images on your site.

    Steve Public

  • http://desitown.info john

    Nice, have use a couple and a few new ones that I haven’t seen yet. i love this site

  • http://www.biztechconsultancy.com/ Manali

    I have no idea about these tools. Thanks for the sharing information!

  • http://www.cre8tivenerd.com Kannan Sanjeevan

    I love the EM chart ..thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.satya-weblog.com/blogroll Satya Prakash

    I thought of trying “Twitter API Explorer”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7OLifc4sGw Jamie

    Thank you so much for compiling this list. This will come very handy for future reference. Instead of looking it up on the web one by one, you have done it for us and chose the best one out there.

  • http://www.wpfanatics.com Tobias

    “Test everything” has some sweet SEO sites, didnt realise how much competitor info you can actually find there. Thanks for the share.

  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    Great set of resources. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.sunriseclock.org Harry Klitza

    Excellent list, a few polished gems in there!

    I absolutely love Browser Sandbox and have used that many times in the past. Same goes for Smush It…damn useful!

  • http://www.100webhosting.com Jasmine

    Excellent sites… I love all of these sites, but my favorite is the htaccess editor. Well, I have been wishing it could be easier to edit my site’s htaccess file, now my wish is finally granted! :)

  • Manuel

    Very good list – nice! Another definitely useful site is www.convert-unix-time.com. Im using the bookmarklet every day.. :-)

  • http://codeandcrumpets.com David Hancock

    Nice list, knew of a few already but there are definitely some useful sites up there like the .htaccess editor. Cheers.

    P.S For anyone that has a bit of PHP knowledge I created a Smushit client class about a year ago which might be of some use: https://github.com/davgothic/SmushIt

  • http://developmentsimplyput.blogspot.com/ Ahmed Tarek

    Great tools, thanks :)

  • http://igalehijace.webege.com Santo

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a
    top notch article… but what can I say… I put things off
    a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  • http://outsourcecom.wordpress.com Elizabeth K. Barone

    Eh… Upon actually trying to use it, I don’t really like Color Scheme Designer. It picks some really weird combinations. I’d rather browse Colour Lovers.