Theme Developers Toolbox

For those just getting started in Drupal development peering into another developers tool-box-of-tricks may reveal a work flow not previously considered, and software never heard of. Frankly I'm pretty run-of-the-mill but I do have my favourites apps I just can't break free of.

**Primary OS**

* Windows XP

**IDE**

* [Eclipse PDT](http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/), [Xdebug](http://www.xdebug.org/)

**Graphics**

* [Fireworks](http://www.adobe.com/se/products/fireworks/)
* [Photoshop](http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family/)
* [Inkscape](http://www.inkscape.org/)
* [Flash](http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/)

**Browsers**

* Firefox 2 & 3 (Gecko)
* [IETester](http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage) (IE's 5 to 8)
* Chrome (Webkit)
* Opera (with [Dragonfly](http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/introduction-to-opera-dragonfly/))

**Firefox Addons**

* [Firebug](http://getfirebug.com/)
* [Web Developer toolbar](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60)
* [Codeburner](http://tools.sitepoint.com/codeburner/)
* [YSlow](http://developer.yahoo.com/yslow/)
* [Colorzilla](http://www.colorzilla.com/firefox/) (colour picker)
* [Fireshot](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5648) (screen grabber)

**Accessibility**

* [NonVisual Desktop Access](http://www.nvda-project.org/) (open source screen reader)
* [WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool](http://wave.webaim.org/)
* [WAVE Toolbar 1.0](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6720) (Firefox addon)
* [Web Accessibility Toolbar for Opera](http://www.wat-c.org/tools/index.html)
* [Firefox Accessibility Extension](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5809) (Firefox addon)
* [Firevox](http://firevox.clcworld.net/) (Firefox screen reader)
* [Fangs](http://www.standards-schmandards.com/projects/fangs/) (Firefox screen reader emulator)
* [Juicy Studio Accessibility Toolbar](https://addons.mozilla.org/sv-SE/firefox/addon/9108) (Firefox toolbar for WAI-ARIA)
* Is it just me or do I seem to use a lot of accessibility tools?

**WAMP**

* [Wampserver](http://www.wampserver.com/)

**Other tools**

* [XRAY](http://www.westciv.com/xray/)
* [Dreamweaver](http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/)
* [Tortoise CVS](http://www.tortoisecvs.org/)
* [OpenOffice](http://www.openoffice.org/)
* [Dropbox](https://www.getdropbox.com/)
* [E Text Editor](http://www.e-texteditor.com/) (Textmate for Windows)

I used to develop almost exclusively on Macs and was a long time user (15 years +), however I switched to Windows about 12 months ago. WinXP has actually proven very stable and allows me to do everything I need to. However, I am considering a change to Linux so this toolbox may start to look a little different in the coming months.

Last updated 29th April, 2009 - 3:10am

Authored by Jeff Burnz on