5 Useful Dev Tools and Where I'm Diving Lately

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here’s what I’ve found useful in the last few weeks.

For anyone making web color scheme decisions, the Color Scheme Designer lets you pick a number of colors and includes “Light” and “Dark” layout examples right on the site.

UI-Cloud is a search engine full of User Interface elements. Pretty amazing if you’re looking for inspiration or an idea of what other people are doing.

Swiffy is a Flash Professional add-on that allows you to output most Flash .swfs as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s super easy and powerful, and lately has saved a lot of development time on interactive pieces.

Mixpanel is an online analytics platform with event-based listeners available for integration with basically everything it should (Javascript, iPhone, Android, ActionScript, Python, PHP, Ruby). It is simple to implement (so far) and I’m hoping it’s easy to organize.

I had an issue implementing jQuery UI touches on Mobile Safari on the iPad last week, but I found a nice solution: Touch Punch is a plug-in that converts (most? all?) touches to clicks. A cleverer or less-busy developer might be able to apply this solution to other issues.

The last few weeks, I’ve been taking strides toward becoming a well-rounded developer. I’ve been diving into the proper use of GitHub and learning the ropes of codebase version control through git and svn. This has necessitated a barely-working knowledge of the dreaded Terminal and the beginnings of Vim. I need to learn all of these things quickly and properly, and, as always, the best way to do that is to dive in. So, I’ll sink or swim, and let you know what resources I find along the way.