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* [http://www.sublimetext.com Sublime Text] (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) '''**RECOMMENDED**''' deemed by many to be the best!!!!!!  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://www.sublimetext.com Sublime Text] (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) '''**RECOMMENDED**''' deemed by many to be the best!!!!!!  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Notepad++] ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/code-efficiently-with-notepad/ See review here])
 
* [http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Notepad++] ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/code-efficiently-with-notepad/ See review here])
* [http://textwrangler.com/products/textwrangler/ TextWrangler] (Mac) (has useful multi-directory file search feature built-in)
 
  
 
=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
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* [http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/ 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)
 
* [http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/ 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)
 
* [http://bbedit.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
 
* [http://bbedit.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
* [http://www.zend.com/studio Zend Studio] Designed for PHP editing by the authors of PHP  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
 
* [http://www.ultraedit.com/ UltraEdit] (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://www.ultraedit.com/ UltraEdit] (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  
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* [https://support.microsoft.com/kb/841290 Windows checksum tool]
 
* [https://support.microsoft.com/kb/841290 Windows checksum tool]
 
* [https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889768 Microsoft checksum tool]
 
* [https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889768 Microsoft checksum tool]
 
 
== CSS Debuggers ==
 
* [http://www.getfirebug.com 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's  [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-developer/ Web Developer Extension]  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* Chrome Developer Tools (built-in to Google Chrome browser) (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* The latest versions of the more popular browsers also have built-in "Inspect Element" functionality, which can significantly aid in troubleshooting.
 
  
  
 
== CSS Editors ==
 
== CSS Editors ==
 
=== Freeware ===
 
=== Freeware ===
* '''See Firebug and the Web Developer Extension in the CSS Debuggers section above'''
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* Use the build-in Inspector or Developer Tools in your browser.
* or Chrome Developer Tools (built in to Google Chrome browser)
 
  
 
=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
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=== Freeware ===
 
=== Freeware ===
 
* The Developers Toolkit in your Zen Cart® Admin
 
* The Developers Toolkit in your Zen Cart® Admin
* [http://www.crimsoneditor.com/ Crimson Editor]
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* [http://www.sublimetext.com Sublime Text] (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) '''**RECOMMENDED**''' deemed by many to be the best!!!!!!  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://www.pspad.com/ PSPad]
 
* [http://www.pspad.com/ PSPad]
 
* [http://textwrangler.com/products/textwrangler/ TextWrangler] (Mac)
 
* [http://textwrangler.com/products/textwrangler/ TextWrangler] (Mac)
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* On Mac, just press CMD+SHIFT+3 to take a full screenshot, or CMD+SHIFT+4 to select the part of the screen to snapshot
 
* On Mac, just press CMD+SHIFT+3 to take a full screenshot, or CMD+SHIFT+4 to select the part of the screen to snapshot
 
* [http://shotty.devs-on.net Shotty] (Windows)  ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/shotty-a-tiny-impressive-screenshot-utility See review here])
 
* [http://shotty.devs-on.net Shotty] (Windows)  ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/shotty-a-tiny-impressive-screenshot-utility See review here])
 
=== Commercial ===
 
* [http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/ Snapz Pro X]
 
* [http://www.realmacsoftware.com/ember/ Ember For Mac] (Mac)
 
  
  
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=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
 
* [http://www.colorschemer.com/ ColorSchemer Studio] (Windows, Mac)
 
* [http://www.colorschemer.com/ ColorSchemer Studio] (Windows, Mac)
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* Sip (Mac App Store)
  
  
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=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
 
* [http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php Beyond Compare] (Windows and Mac and Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php Beyond Compare] (Windows and Mac and Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
* [http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com Kaleidoscope] (Mac)
 
 
* [http://www.araxis.com/merge-overview.html Araxis Merge] (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons **  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [http://www.araxis.com/merge-overview.html Araxis Merge] (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons **  (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
 
* [https://www.prestosoft.com/edp_features.asp] ExamDiff Pro (Windows)  ("Master" version offers 3-way compares)
 
* [https://www.prestosoft.com/edp_features.asp] ExamDiff Pro (Windows)  ("Master" version offers 3-way compares)
 
* [http://www.guiffy.com/ Guiffy] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
 
* [http://www.guiffy.com/ Guiffy] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
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* [http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com Kaleidoscope] (Mac)
  
  
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* [http://www.winzip.com/ WinZip]
 
* [http://www.winzip.com/ WinZip]
  
 
== Browser Addons/Utilities ==
 
=== Freeware ===
 
* [http://getfirebug.com/ FireBug] (Add-On for FireFox)
 
* [http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2104/ CSSViewer] (Add-On for FireFox)
 
* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/tidy HTML Tidy] (Add-On for FireFox)
 
* [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-developer/ Web Developer] (Add-On for FireFox)
 
  
  
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* [http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ Wink - a Tutorial and Presentation creation software for windows]
 
* [http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ Wink - a Tutorial and Presentation creation software for windows]
  
 
== External Resources/Tutorials ==
 
* [http://www.mysql.com/ MySQL]
 
* [http://php.net/ php.net]
 
* [http://www.sitepoint.com/ SitePoint.com]
 
* [http://www.w3schools.com/ W3 Schools]
 
* [http://www.tizag.com/cssT/ Tizag.com] (Basic CSS tutorial)
 
* [http://www.cleancss.com/ Clean CSS] Online tool to optimize your stylesheet
 
  
  
 
* See: [[CSS_Resources|CSS Resources]]
 
* See: [[CSS_Resources|CSS Resources]]

Latest revision as of 20:03, 28 December 2016

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

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)
  • UltraEdit (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)


Hash Validation Tools


CSS Editors

Freeware

  • Use the build-in Inspector or Developer Tools in your browser.

Commercial


Text-Search Tools

Freeware

  • The Developers Toolkit in your Zen Cart® Admin
  • Sublime Text (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) **RECOMMENDED** deemed by many to be the best!!!!!! (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • PSPad
  • TextWrangler (Mac)

Commercial


Graphics Editors

Freeware


Screenshot Tools

Freeware


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) (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)
  • Araxis Merge (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons ** (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • [1] ExamDiff Pro (Windows) ("Master" version offers 3-way compares)
  • Guiffy (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
  • Kaleidoscope (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.
  • 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 Transmit are found to have no such difficulties whatsoever.


File Archiver/Zip/Unzip Utility

Freeware

Commercial


Validators

Freeware


Database Manipulation Tools

Freeware

Commercial

Local Web Server for Development Environment

Freeware


Other things

Freeware