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Five things that should be on your web development radar

Maybe you’ve noticed: I like lists. Tonight’s list is just what it says it is: five things that you should be aware of, if not actively making use of, as a web developer. I’ve done “why I like” posts on some of them; I’ll probably still do “why I like posts” on others. Here we go:

  1. Twitter Bootstrap. An awesome front-end toolkit by a couple of the guys at Twitter. As a back-end developer, I love it because I can quickly mock up a front-end to demonstrate some feature that I’ve been working on. Awesome toolkit is awesome!
  2. LESS. Makes writing CSS better. Variables, mixins, operations and functions… what’s not to love?
  3. Underscore.js is a self-described “utility-belt library for JavaScript that provides a lot of the functional programming support that you would expect in Prototype.js (or Ruby).” I’m a big fan of the throttle function.
  4. Backbone.js. This (along with CoffeeScript) is what convinced me to give JavaScript another chance. I will definitely be making Backbone the subject of a “why I like” post, but for now: Backbone keeps your view in sync with your data. Love it.
  5. CoffeeScript. For my feelings on the subject, see this.

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