Web Development Tools the Pros Use: Code Productivity Hacks
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Web Development Tools the Pros Use: Code Productivity Hacks

Take your web development skills to the next level. Beyond the basics, you'll learn the tricks of the trade from a pro.
3.9 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,595 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Carter
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Use the same tools professional web developers do to continually improve as a coder and stay connected with the community of web developers globally.
  • Use the top web development tools the pros use every day to build websites
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  • You can start this course with what you are using now and decide after seeing the tools explained what is right for you.

"Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?" - Voltaire

Basic front end web development isn't terribly hard to learn. It can be tricky to remember all the things you learn, but after you get comfortable with the code, what comes next? Many developers spend time optimizing code and trying to make it perform better. A lot of time is spent making things work, simplifying functions, making things faster and eliminating confusion. Most developers miss one of the most important parts of development. Optimizing YOURSELF as a coder.

Many companies wish they knew what would make their developers happier and more productive. Putting in place agile software development methodologies helps a lot, but what about beyond that? Is there anything you can do as an ambitious developer to wipe the floor with the competition? Yes, there is.

There are many developers making 6 figures in web development today. This doesn't happen over night, and we've never heard of a get-rich-quick scheme in web development, but given enough time and best practices, it is definitely possible. It takes skill, talent, ambition, but it also takes speed and efficiency. It takes building upon the shoulders of giants, people who have already done what you're trying to do, and doing it better. Finding a better way is what makes programming fun and challenging. Gladly, making use of these resources and becoming one of the best developers out there is largely free, enjoyable, and is only a matter of time. If you have the passion to get there.

Whether you're fresh out of one of Udemy's best intro to web development courses, or have been doing it for a while, you can always take it to the next level. Inside this HD video course, you'll find the tools to do just that.

I am so excited that you're looking at what it takes to become a top web developer and advance your skills. I will get right to the point. Inside this course, you will learn:

  • The difference between "front end" and "back end" web development.
  • Why Google is a developer's best friend, even though it seems so simple.
  • The best place to find programming answers from the top developers
  • How to talk directly to the developers who invented the open source libraries you're using, live in real time
  • How communication is critical in day-to-day operations and growing quickly as a developer
  • How social media is a powerful tool in getting information, connecting with the industry and staying on the cutting edge of your field
  • How to use annotated screenshots to eliminate misunderstanding and make your point visually
  • What javascript frameworks you must know and some that just make things simpler, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day
  • Discover a handful of chrome tools that make you more productive and less frustrated
  • Find out how Twitter's bootstrap framework can make your own prototypes and projects look great with no design experience
  • The best way to get free sharp icons that load fast to use in any new or existing web project. They scale well too, even on mobile devices
  • What tools to use to optimize and monitor servers and applications from Yahoo and others.
  • How to test Internet Explorer natively (even old ones) with free tools from Microsoft
  • Productivity hacks and personal shortcuts I currently use as a professional developer

We cover all this and a lot more inside, and will be expanding content to cover new topics in the near future. We are most interested in adding content that you specifically request, because we find it provides the most value to you. Simply let us know and we'll make new videos on the subject you want to know about if we can.

More than 4 hours of video on leveling up your skills as a programmer, you'll have access to the course discussions, where other students ask questions and instructors answer, usually in a matter of hours to help you with anything that doesn't make sense or to provide more information on anything related to the course topics. Please feel free to ask questions, help answer questions if you want, and we'll learn together.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the course, Udemy offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so you have no risk taking a course you don't love and get a lot out of. No pressure at all. Either you learn a lot of great tips and tools to use and improve your skills or you shouldn't have to pay. That's how strongly we feel about the material in this course and that it will help you with your development journey.

Thanks for taking a look at this course, and please enroll now to get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you already have a basic understanding of web development and want just the tools the pros use, you might love this course!
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39 Lectures
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4 Lectures 27:40
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IRC is oldskool but gives you personal access to devs
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Why is communication so important for learning and growth?

Your Facebook profile is your most powerful tool for building relationships.

Facebook groups are awesome for learning and networking.

A Facebook page is great for social proof and making sales.

Twitter is very helpful to find people talking about what you need to hear.

LinkedIn is useful for getting a better job and networking with groups.

Meetups help with learning and networking in your neighborhood.

Skitch: annotate screenshots, never be misunderstood

Chat: save tons of time not doing email all day
Javascript Tools
3 Lectures 18:14
jQuery is used in 66% of all websites

Underscore's premade javascript makes life better

Lodash is Underscore's faster cooler little brother
Chrome Tools
6 Lectures 23:51
Chrome simplifies development tasks

Chrome: Great Suspender makes tabs faster

Chrome: Tab Title Tweaker helps you find tabs fast

Chrome: Colorzilla shows you the hex value of any color

Chrome: Selector Gadget reveals elements and xpath

Chrome: Web Developer Extension is essential

Chrome Tools Quiz
3 questions
Front End & Design
3 Lectures 35:32
Bootstrap - Part 1: A deeper look at front end structure

Bootstrap - Part 2: More about twitter's front end framework

FontAwesome give you fast loading awesome icons in a font

Front End Quiz
2 questions
Testing & Monitoring
5 Lectures 31:30
Developer Tools: What even are you?

Firebug: browser tools add-on for even old and busted browsers

New Relic: great server app monitoring tool

YSlow: Yahoo's fantastic page speed optimizer

Modern.ie VMs: When you must IE, you must test natively

Testing Quiz
2 questions
Workflow Tips
4 Lectures 23:27
Icon Toolbar Hack: Quick access to daily shortcuts

Text Expansion: The fastest typing is no typing

Markdown & Github Flavored Markdown

Simplenote: keep your thoughts synced and organized

Workflow Quiz
4 questions
2 Lectures 01:40
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About the Instructor
Ryan Carter
4.8 Average rating
61 Reviews
6,576 Students
4 Courses
Sr. Software Engineer, YouTuber, Nerdlinger, Father of 5

I've been playing with technology since I was a kid. At 13 I was building websites by hand in HTML and Frontpage 98 (which is how I learned what not to do). Since then I've been a computer addict and web programmer. I was programming Alpha3 databases on an old green monochrome IBM years before, but at the time I didn't know THAT was programming.

I've always been an avid reader and insatiable learner, I started rearranging bits and bytes to make the computer behave the way I wanted as a kid and have always had a knack for explaining complex things in simple language. I like to help anyone I can in my area of expertise.

I've been developing for the web professionally for 20+ years and I am currently a Sr. Software Engineer for a major telecom company. I specialize in front end web development with a current focus on Angular, Node, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, SASS, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, WordPress, Drupal. I have experience in the LAMP stack, Node stack, Ruby on Rails stack, C# ASP DOTNET and many others.

If you ever need help, I personally answer all discussions as soon as possible and all comments on my YouTube channel as well. I am here to help with your technology learning so anytime I can assist you, please contact me. Thanks!