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good time savers for programmers

Updated on August 26, 2011

In this hub I'll go over some tools that will help web developers save time on their projects.

Haml

Haml is a way of writing far less code in your HTML, Rails Application, or anything else Haml might support. In HTML there won't be all of these opening and closing tags. You won't have to use the shift key as much and there will be less code to write.

Sass

Syntactically awesome style sheets

Sass is a good way to save some time and enhance your CSS code. The official website of Sass describes the language well:

Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Text Expander

Is there any snippet of code that you find yourself typing over and over again? You might want to consider using a program like Text Expander.

You'll save the code into the program and assign it a shortcut to insert that code into your document. You can also use Text Expander to write macros. Virtually anyone can get the hang of this in a short period of time.

Structurer

This is a completely free one for mac users. You open up the program and you specify right away which files and folders will be part of your project. This way you don't have to always be creating new files and folders manually.

*Update*
Just recently I found out about Zen coding. It looks like a great abbreviation system which I'll have to use some time.

You can browse through other articles and how-to's in the sites I gave for more helpful information for programmers.

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