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Distributed version control systems are the most advanced way to collaborate on software projects. The top contenders in this space are Linus Torvalds’ Git and Matt Mackall’s Mercurial. These are command line tools, but you don’t have to fire up a console in order to use them.

SmartGit/Hg, by syntevo GmbH, lets you use either Git or Mercurial using a standard graphical user interface.

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Be a Professional Coder with UltraEdit

The cool kids ask everyone “Emacs or Vim?” whenever the topic of text editors comes up. Windows-users can also choose Notepad++ as well as other text editors. One feature-rich Windows-exclusive text editor that gets passed over is UltraEdit, by IDM Computer Solutions, Incorporated. In order to give a better review, I have written this article using UltraEdit.

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Ever since CSS preprocessors like less have come to be, designers have wrestled with the issue of compiling this code easily without a hassle. It can be included in web pages using less.js, but that adds extra overhead to the site load.

Finally, a simple and thought-free solution is here: SimpLESS .

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Balsamiq Mockups is a wireframing app available for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as a new subscription-based web app. It’s designed for you to quickly and easily create mockups and collaborate with colleagues and clients.

You can test drive Balsamiq Mockups for 7 days, or buy the full version for $79. Let’s see how easy it is to create wire frame designs with this program and if it’s worth the price tag.

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Web forms are essential for any website. Building and styling web forms by hand isn’t the trickiest of endeavors, but it is time consuming. Creating beautiful web forms is now even easier with CoffeeCup Web Form Builder.

Web Form Builder comes with a $69 price tag and has a lot of incredible features, but is it worth it? Let’s find out!
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Even though FTP is fading away for most people, it is still an important protocol for many web designers and developers. Over the years, I have used many FTP programs and I always come back to FileZilla because of its usability.

FileZilla is an open-source, cross-platform, free FTP client that is packed with a ton of great features, and is still easy to use. Is it the one for you? Let’s find out!

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