discover more
Latest Word


My Development Tools (2012 Edition)

Every year more and more tools come out in the technology space.  In 2012,  I’ve adopted a ton of new tools into my web development workflow.   Here’s a list of all of my tools, with the new ones in bold.


Now that I’m working more and more away from home my main development machine has become a 15 ” Macbook Pro.  It’s a 2GHz Intel Core i7 with 8Gb of RAM.  When I do work from home I prefer to work on 27″ iMac.  I love the screen real estate and often wish I could bring it with me to the coffee shops I’m usually in.

I’m not big on using peripherals other than the standard keyboard and mouse.  I use several external harddrives to store my music, videos and backups.


Here are the top tools that I use every day.

Dropbox - I use Dropbox for a variety of reasons.  It makes sharing files with other people incredibly easy.  I also use it to sync the preferences of several of my development apps across machines.  It’s easy to set this up using symbolic links.  I also use Dropbox to sync ebooks that I’m ready across my Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone.

Sublime Text 2 - Until this year, my go to text editor was Textmate.  While I still think Textmate is a good choice (especially now that it’s open source), I think the features of Sublime Text set it apart.  I love how customizable it is and how many of the built-in features make you so much more productive.  And if it doesn’t do something you’d like, there’s probably a package that you can install to add in the feature.  Check out my Sublime Preferences file.

Alfred - Alfred has become an essential part of how I work on my Mac.  I’ve mainly used it for launching apps and doing searches but I’m slowly learning how to use all of it’s amazing features.

Developer Tools

Coda 2 - My editor of choice when I need to work on a live site.  The built in FTP client makes small changes to live sites a snap.

Git and Github - Version control has always something I knew I needed but I never knew how to go about learning to use it.  Thanks to a few mentors I was able to learn it this year.  I’ve started implementing it for every project that I work on.  Not only does it make version control easy but it makes collaborating on a piece of software with other developers manageable.

iTerm - Learning how to use the Command Line was a big part of the new skills that I’ve learned this year.  While the built in Terminal application of Mac OS X is fine, I really love the features of iTerm.  This is the newest tool I’ve adopted so I’m still learning how to customize and use it to it’s full potential.

Rubular - Great for writing and figuring out regular expressions.

Foundation - My preferred front-end framework of choice.  Similar to Twitter Bootstrap but I like the default design better.  I use it for building fully responsive sites but I also use it for quick prototyping.

Sass - I switched from using Less for precompiling CSS this year mainly because Sass is widely used in the Ruby community.

Adobe BrowserLab - Even though it doesn’t replace using a real browser, it makes it easy to get a quick comparison of a site in the different browsers.

User Tools

1Password - Great for managing all of the passwords I use.  A must have from now on.

Trello - Prior to this year I managed most of projects through very informal practices (ie. via email and written down to-do lists).  Now I’m using Trello to keep track of what I’m working on.  I also like that I can allow clients and collaborators to see what I’m working on and contribute if needed.

Freshbooks - Love how easy Freshbooks makes accounting.

Backblaze - I’ve added online backup to my workflow.  In the past, I relied on external hard drives with Time Machine.  Backblaze makes this something I don’t even think about.

Screenflow - I often record video walkthroughs of sites I build for clients so that they have a reference material on how to update their site.  Screenflow makes it easy to quickly record high quality videos.

LimeChat - I’ve started hanging out in some developer focused IRC channels lately.  LimeChat is my preferred client.

Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign - I’m still using CS5 for all of my design tools.  Haven’t had a reason to upgrade yet.

Rdio - In 2011, I started using streaming music to supplement my music collection.  In 2012, I’ve basically moved all of my collection to streaming music.  I’ve chosen Rdio because I love the great design of the app and the community features.

What’s Next

There are several tools that are on my list of things to learn about and hopefully start using in the coming months.  Here’s a breakdown of the ones I plan on diving into soon.

Coffeescript - Should hopefully help make writing javascript quicker and easier.

Haml - A HTML precompiler.

Backbone.js - An MVC javascript framework for the client side.

About the author

Adam Scott is a freelance designer, developer and online marketer that specializes in helping startup companies build their online presence.

Adam is available for freelance work, so hire him for your next project!

Enjoyed this post?

Subscribe to my RSS feed and receive updates in your email!

61 Responses to “My Development Tools (2012 Edition)”

  1. Thanks for listed up all of your development tools because this list will be handy for all the new developer. Thanks dude

  2. service says:

    Web designers use a variety of different tools depending on what part of the production process they are involved in. These tools are updated over time by newer standards and software but the principles behind them remain the same. english to russian translator

  3. Thanks for coming up with an important article that has all the updates related to the latest version . You have made this blog experience an informative one by offering such important information and I appreciate this sincere effort. Thanks a ton.

  4. Peter says:

    Ease of use of a site might as well dependably be remembered while finalizing a procedure. It has been watched clients perused between the lines & give careful consideration to features, sub-features, striking content and so forth. Subsequently make it a focus to reserve the substance above the fold dodging any parchment downs. web redesign services

  5. Pretty element of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing on your feeds or even I success you get admission to persistently rapidly.

  6. Andres S. Gomez says:

    Article writing is extremely challenging on the grounds that there is a particular style to compose an Article. We for the most part keep in our mind who and where we can assemble our data. For best writings article companies click for furious writing services reviews here.

  7. I like your valuable information you provide in your articles. I will share your weblog and check once more right here frequently. ’m slightly sure i’ll be told a lot of stuff right here, best of luck your future blogs.

  8. For anyone looking for a realtor in Columbus Ohio, you should check out the review video I recently uploaded for mine named Jason Myers. He is pretty freaking stellar and will treat you right.

  9. This is how people can find all good tools for development.

  10. Home available in Wilton’s Corner, Sicklerville NJ Price Dramatically Reduced!

    Thinking about All Offers! Shows like a Wiltons Corner Model Home!

    Absolutely panoramic! This house is beautiful, neutral, and meticulously maintained. You need to attend appreciate – you will ask yourself if any person really lives there! This lovely 3 BR, 2.5 Bathroom, 2-car garage residence flaunts lovely landscape design, dramatic open basilica foyer, open layout, spacious wardrobe area, 1st flooring Master collection with soaking tub, vanity, and a lot more, comprehensive basement, eat in kitchen, Pella moving french doors, cedar deck, and plant trimmed whole lot! Centrally located and not to be missed. Come see it now!

  11. Fantastic short article! I actually appreciated reading this, thanks for creating it. I appreciated acquiring your standpoint on this subject as I normally simply get to review videos such as this one

    Thanks again and I’ll be back quickly.

  12. This is really good published article. Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this nice stuff.

  13. 5 htp says:

    Thanks to a few mentors I was able to learn it this year. I’ve started implementing it for every project that I work on. Not only does it make version control easy but it makes collaborating on a piece of software with other developers manageable

  14. hi guy, your post so great, please keep going and i'm wait to see another post

  15. Tai iwin says:

    That's a pretty nice posting and the common issue also.. Thanks – Tai game iwin

  16. I think it's the best piece I have read about this subject thanks for sharing – Elegantbiz wordpress theme

  17. The vast majority of these applications continue to be developed in an ad-hoc way, contributing to problems of usability, maintainability, quality and reliability. While web development can benefit from established practices from other related disciplines, it has certain distinguishing characteristics that demand special considerations.

  18. Many thanks with regard to great info of the document although suggestions a different very good internet site that you assist

  19. It's the good tools without it, we can do nothing

  20. The world wide web has become a major delivery platform for web development a variety of complex and sophisticated enterprise applications in several domains. In addition to their inherent multifaceted functionality, these web applications exhibit complex behavior and place some unique demands on their usability, performance, security and ability to grow and evolve.

  21. e liquide My Development Tools (2012 Edition) | Adam Scott

  22. Tai ola says:

    Thanks for sharing your great tips

  23. Thanks for your guide

  24. Great article, thanks

  25. says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about actual samsung galaxy.


  26. nuvali says:

    Your post was really well-appreciated. I like your thought about these tools.

  27. Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to
    make a really good article… but what can I
    say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything

  28. Thanks for finally talking about >My Development Tools (2012 Edition) | Adam Scott <Loved it!

  29. says:

    I feel this is one of the so much vital information for me.

    And i am satisfied reading your article. However should commentary on few basic things, The website taste is ideal,
    the articles is truly excellent : D. Just right process, cheers

  30. Keeping your cool is such an important part of parenting

  31. Click here says:

    Thanks a lot for this posting!! This is pretty and nice posting as well. I like your post and thanks for your superb guide. I have read about this subject. Thanks

  32. Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss
    and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers
    would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel
    free to send me an e-mail.

  33. link here says:

    “If our testimonies are strong onthis point and if we feel the absolute assurance that God loves us, we will change our questons. We won't ask, 'Why did this happen?' or 'Why doesn't God care about me?' Instead, our questions will become, 'What can I learn from this experience?' or 'How does the Lord want me to handle this?”

  34. Thanks a lot for sharing. Will check back later for more of your articles.

  35. I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing.

  36. So well explained incredible article, any buddy can follow it, thanks and keep up the great work. All the contents you mentioned in post are too good and can be very useful, Thanks

  37. nice blog,can you teach me how to creat it!

  38. Dublin says:

    Hi this an interesting article. You have described very well. Really descriptive post you have shared with us.

  39. link here says:

    “Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”

  40. watch here says:

    “There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn't me. I'm no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.”

  41. saisha says:

    “I believe with all my heart that the cliches are true, that we are our own best friends and best company, and that if you're not right for yourself, it's impossible to be right for anyone.”
    la plage boom astuces diamants illimité

  42. denga singh says:

    Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.
    easy hack for jungle heat

  43. jim kary says:

    Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.

  44. review says:

    Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and detailed information you offer.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same
    old rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your
    RSS feeds to my Google account.

  45. web site says:

    “I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power.”

  46. kopen says:

    The post is absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need! Also like to Logo design admire the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often.

  47. natasha says:

    “People used to tell me that when I smile I really warm up the room. Well, the moment someone told me about global warming I frowned, and in that exact moment it started to snow. So, if you see me walking around with a furrow on my brow, you’ll know what I’m doing: I’m helping to save Mother Earth.”

  48. purses says:

    Women, large-minded, formidable women, have played an almost exclusive part in helping my career. I have hardly ever dealt with a man – at least, when it came to publishing: ”

  49. bra tape says:

    Hello I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a tremendous post. Please do keep up the great work.

  50. Get Pokemon trading card game codes any time online.

  51. I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information. Its really good article i fully read this content..

  52. These kind of articles are always attractive and I am happy to find so many good point here in the post writing is simply great thanks for sharing.

  53. vert shock says:

    I was guessing if You Could write a little more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if You Could elaborate a little bit more.

  54. hi, this is a great post! thank you for sharing

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2011 Adam Scott. All rights reserved.