Useful Tools

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Useful Tools For Working With Zen Cart®

Descriptions of these tools can be found at the individual web sites

PHP, HTML and Text Editors

Freeware

  • Sublime Text (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) **RECOMMENDED** deemed by many to be the best!!!!!! (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Notepad++ (See review here)
  • TextWrangler (Mac) (has useful multi-directory file search feature built-in)

Commercial

  • Sublime Text (Windows, Mac, Linux) **RECOMMENDED** deemed by many to be the best!!!!!! (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • PhpStorm (Windows, Mac, Linux) Full-featured IDE (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team) (Has free EAP version available; or contact DrByte if you want to try a license)
  • BBEdit (Mac)
  • TextPad
  • Zend Studio Designed for PHP editing by the authors of PHP (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • UltraEdit (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)


Hash Validation Tools


CSS Debuggers

  • Firebug **RECOMMENDED** - Is the most popular useful tool for working out CSS and Ajax/Javascript problems on your site. (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Firefox with the Web Developer Extension (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Chrome Developer Tools (built-in to Google Chrome browser)
  • The latest versions of the more popular browsers also have built-in "Inspect Element" functionality, which can significantly aid in troubleshooting.


CSS Editors

Freeware

  • See Firebug and the Web Developer Extension in the CSS Debuggers section above for the best tools available!
  • or Chrome Developer Tools (built in to Google Chrome browser)
  • CSS Tab Designer (only for building CSS tabs)

Commercial


Text-Search Tools

Freeware

Commercial


Graphics Editors

Freeware

Commercial


Screenshot Tools

Freeware

Commercial


Color Pickers

Freeware

Commercial


File Comparison Utility

Freeware

  • WinMerge (Windows) (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Kdiff3 (Unix, Windows, Mac)
  • P4Merge (Windows, Mac, Linux) (Free, and allegedly can do a 4-way compare with git branch conflicts)

Commercial

  • Beyond Compare (Windows and Mac and Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! ** (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Kaleidoscope (Mac)
  • Araxis Merge (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons ** (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • DeltaWalker (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
  • Guiffy (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
  • BBEdit (Mac)


FTP Tools

Freeware

  • WinSCP A great Windows-based secure-FTP program. *RECOMMENDED* (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Note: FileZilla removed from this list because of its frequent security problems.
  • FireFTP (Add-On for FireFox)
  • FlashFXP (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • CyberDuck FTP (Mac)

Commercial

We often find folks reporting in the support forum that they have had problems with corrupted uploads or incomplete uploads due to timeouts which have occurred while using SmartFTP and CuteFTP. Thus, we recommend against using those products.

BETTER CHOICES: Usually WinSCP and FileZilla and Transmit are found to have no such difficulties whatsoever.


File Archiver/Zip/Unzip Utility

Freeware

Commercial


Browser Addons/Utilities

Freeware


Validators

Freeware


Database Manipulation Tools

Freeware

Commercial

  • SQLyog (Windows) (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Navicat (Windows, Mac, Linux) (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)


Local Web Server for Development Environment

Freeware


Other things

Freeware


External Resources/Tutorials