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Jeff Mathis3,935 Points
are there any essential tools or programs that a free lance web developer should have ? what are some of the best ? any sugestions to make my life easier?
Chris Dziewa17,781 Points
I'm certainly no expert but from what I have learned thus far I would say a great text editor (I love Sublime Text 2), MAMP (Mac) or XAMMP (Windows) if you plan on doing local WordPress or general PHP development. Use developer tools in Chrome or Firefox. I just got a slick tool (Seen on the Treehouse Show I believe) for Firefox called Developer Tool Bar which is nice for checking accessibility. I believe there is also a Chrome version. Find an FTP program you like. Filezilla and Cyberduck both work well. Also, learn more about the Terminal/Console on your computer if you haven't already. Hope this points you in the right direction. Basically, use whatever programs work best with your work style.