Use the tools around you

In my opinion, far to many people continue to reinvent the wheel. There is nothing wrong with building a better wheel that is suited for your specific task, but don’t start from scratch just for the sake of starting from scratch. To continue my trend of hemorrhaging proverbs, suck it up and stand on the shoulders of giants. You will still be respected as alpha geek and your boss will be impressed because what really matters is doing it right, doing it well and getting it done. Chances are someone out there has already done what you are trying to do and they might have even done it better then you could yourself. This means that if you have the right tools and resources you don’t need to and should not sacrifice quality. Here are some tools we have used in various projects for a solid foundation to build from or even just use in our concepts and working demos. I have also included tools we use for debugging, development, design and other such tasks. I will continue to update this list as more come to mind:

Generators

http://www.stripegenerator.com/
http://www.roundedcornr.com/
http://www.ajaxload.info/
http://www.favicon.cc/
http://www.tabsgenerator.com/
http://bgpatterns.com/
http://kuler.adobe.com

Programming/Frameworks

http://www.catalystframework.org/
http://www.jquery.com/
http://search.cpan.org/dist/DBIx-Class/
http://wordpress.org/

Extensions

http://getfirebug.com/
http://www.colorzilla.com/firefox/
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/

Applications/Utilities

http://www.activestate.com/komodo/
http://www.adobe.com/
http://filezilla-project.org/
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html
http://www.virtualbox.org/
http://subversion.tigris.org/
http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/

Business Services

http://basecamphq.com/
http://beanstalkapp.com/
http://www.freshbooks.com/
https://rightsignature.com/
http://aremysitesup.com/
http://www.networkredux.com

Operating Systems

http://www.ubuntu.com/
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

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