Designers and creative technologists should take note of a few great resources I’ve learned about in the past few years.
The most important is the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The IAB provides advertising professionals a way of determining what technologies to use for deliverables like banner ads, micro-sites and other marketing techniques.
Then there’s the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The W3C standardizes technology and helps to align different platforms by creating and approving drafts to be adopted as the point of record.
While working through problems I often use these indispensable knowledge bases:
Here are some tools for Open Source Software Development (OSS) to get you started:
- Git (The best distributed version control system)
- Visual Studio Online (VSO) – for those who love Visual Studio
- GitHub – for those who don’t
- Git Extensions – or –
- Source Tree
- Visual Studio – or –
- Sublime text
- NodeJS – or –
- Jekyll – A good alternative to heavy IIS, Apache
- Ruby – Sometimes NPM/Bower needs Ruby!
Here are some good Responsive Web Design (RWD), data-binding, and other goodies:
Two CSS compilers:
- jQuery – also lends itself to many other flavors
- ZeptoJS (Good for non-GPU devices and browsers)
Here are some Content Management System (CMS) choices for MySQL and PHPMyAdmin/PHP, templating nerds:
Here are some good test guys:
A couple good code sharing services for debugging:
Debugging scary things:
There are a lot of choices out there, for instance… I’ve been working a lot with MVC .Net to use and deploy all the above (with the exception of the CMS choices), so remember to explore and have fun!