60 Great Open Source Developer Tools: Page 4

Posted September 27, 2010

Cynthia Harvey

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Open Source Version Control

46. Bazaar

Sponsored by Canonical and part of the GNU project, Bazaar offers distributed version control. It works cross-platform, has a GUI and boasts a generally welcoming community and user-friendly design. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

47. Git

Perhaps best known as the version control system for Linux, Git is also the choice of other well-known open source projects like Perl, Gnome, Ruby on Rails, Fedora and Debian. It offers a very fast, distributed method for tracking history and changes, with good support for branching and merging. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

48. TortoiseSVN

If you'd like to use Subversion on Windows, you might want to use the TortoiseSVN client. It lets you use commands and see the status of files from within Windows Explorer. Operating System: Windows

Open Source Web Development

50. Amaya

Developed by W3C, Amaya includes both a browser and a Web page editor. It supports HTML, CSS, XML and several XML applications, including the XHTML family, MathML, and SVG. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

51. Bluefish

While lightweight and fast, Bluefish offers a full lineup of Web page creation features. Targeted for professional Web developers working on dynamic sites, it supports many different programming languages and scripts. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

52. Catalyst

"The elegant MVC framework," Catalyst operates on the "Keep it simple, stupid" philosophy. It's easy to install, easy to use, flexible, extensible and has extensive documentation (including a couple of books on the topic.) Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

53. DotNetNuke

Deployed on half a million sites around the world, DotNetNuke is a content management system based on Microsoft's ASP.NET. It's best for building sites with a lot of "dynamic content and interactive features," i.e. Web apps. Operating System: Windows

54. KompoZer

Derived from NVU, KompoZer offers Web file management and WYSIWYG Web page editing capabilities. Its interface is very similar to Adobe's DreamWeaver. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

55. NVU

"The number one free Web authoring system," NVU suits the needs of amateurs, but can also be used by professional Web developers. It was built on the Mozilla Composer code base and is very similar to KompoZer. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

56. Prototype

This JavaScript framework tries to make it easier to create dynamic Web apps. It offers a class-style OO framework, easy DOM manipulation, and what it humbly calls "the nicest Ajax library around." Operating System: OS Independent

57. Quanta Plus

Part of the KDE Web Dev package, Quanta Plus is a Web IDE that supports HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML and PHP. Key features include templates, user created toolbars, integrated preview and integration with the other KDE Web Dev apps. Operating System: Linux

58. Ruby on Rails

Designed for rapid application development using Agile methodologies, Ruby on Rails offers "Web development that doesn't hurt." It's used by the developers behind thousands of apps, including Twitter, Basecamp, Github and Groupon. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

59. soapUI

With more than 2 million downloads, soapUI claims to be the most popular Web services and SOA testing tool in the world. It performs functional testing of SOAP, REST, HTTP, and JMS services, as well as databases. Operating System: OS Independent

60. Zend Framework

Based on PHP5, the Zend Framework aims to help developers create "more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications and Web services." It focuses on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, enterprise-friendly licensing, and a well-tested agile codebase. It's been downloaded more than 10 million times. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

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