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Great Open Source Projects on the Web

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Great Open Source Projects on the Web, Open Source projects are any tools, frameworks and resources for web development. Building websites and web applications today is not only about being a great programmer, it’s even more important to be a smart programmer. This means to re-use existing code and applications when possible instead of re-inventing the wheel.

Here are the greatest projects which we are excited about. We’re continuously  amazed by all great open source projects on web. If you look around there’s almost always a blinding open source alternative to whatever pro software you need for web design work. Here are great examples of the superb work being done to make the web a better place.

Laravel

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Great-Open-Source-Projects-on-the-Web

Laravel has revolutionised PHP development. It pitches itself as the framework for web artisans who value code that’s elegant, simple and readable, and it helps teams and individuals build well-made applications quickly.

There’s a big community and collection of resources around Laravel (for example, the Laracast screencasts) and it’s one of the most popular PHP frameworks in use today.

Font Awesome

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized , size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. Font Awesome is completely free for commercial use. 634 (at the time of writing) icons contained within a single font, constituting “a pictographic language of web-related actions”. It works well with all frameworks and screen-readers and doesn’t require JavaScript.

Bootstrap

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Bootstrap makes front-end web development faster and easier. It’s made for folks of all skill levels, devices of all shapes, and projects of all sizes. Bootstrap is one of the most popular project on GitHub and it is open source. It’s hosted, developed, and maintained on GitHub. Bootstrap has a small footprint, LESS integration and compelling visual design. There is a web-based customiser that you can use to tailor it to your open source project: components and jQuery plug-ins can be added or removed by ticking checkboxes, and variables can be customised using a web form. There’s a 12-column responsive grid, typography, form controls and it uses responsive CSS to work with mobile browsers. Bootstrap 4 is coming soon…

Visual Studio Code

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

This is free, open source code editor from Microsoft has a slew of great features that make coding quicker. There’s a function called IntelliSense that provides smart completions; built-in Git commands; debugging from within the editor and much more. Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Python, PHP) and runtimes.

Brackets

Great Open Source Projects on the Web...

Great Open Source Projects on the Web…

Brackets is an open source project begun at Adobe, Brackets is a lightweight and modern code editor focused on web technologies, with a collection of innovative features. Brackets is an open-source project, supported by an active and passionate community. It’s made by other web developers like you!

Angular JS

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

AngularJS is a tool-`set for building the framework most suited to your application development. It is fully extensible and works well with other libraries. Every feature can be modified or replaced to suit your unique development workflow and feature needs. Read on to find out how.

Pattern Lab

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Pattern Lab is a suite of tools designed to help you build sites using the principles of atomic design, which means breaking interfaces down into smaller parts, and operating within a UI design system that you’ve built to suit your purposes. Learn how to get Pattern Lab up and running, use patterns, work with dynamic data, and make the most of all Pattern Lab’s features.

The Accessibility Project

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

The Accessibility Project is a community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier for front-end designers and developers to understand and adopt into a daily workflow. The project started in mid-January 2013 amid developer sentiment that core accessibility concepts, features and code examples are overly difficult to extract.

The Accessibility Project has become an invaluable resource for any developer looking to improve their knowledge.

Grunt

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Grunt allows you to automate common tasks by using JavaScript. You can perform mundane, repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing and linting with almost zero effort. And because Grunt is extensible, if someone hasn’t already built what you need, you can easily author and publish your own Grunt plug-in. Grunt has dramatically lowered the barrier to entry for web developers by providing a common interface for the tasks in their build process. The extensive plug-in ecosystem and easy configuration format makes it possible for anyone on the team to create a modern build process – designers included.

The Grunt ecosystem is huge and it’s growing every day. With literally hundreds of plugins to choose from, you can use Grunt to automate just about anything with a minimum of effort. If someone hasn’t already built what you need, authoring and publishing your own Grunt plugin to npm is a breeze.

WordPress

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

Great Open Source Projects on the Web

WordPress has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets andthemes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

While WordPress is a blogging platform it can also be used to manage whole websites, big and small.

Extra Information

MONGODB

MongoDB is one of the new so-called “NoSQL” databases. It’s scalable and offers high performance.

APACHE CASSANDRA

Apache Cassandra is similar to MongoDB in that it’s a “NoSQL” database, which is scalable, and offers high performance. It works well with very large and active data sets.

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There are lots of more alternatives out there to choose from depending on your needs. Take a look at this list in Wikipedia.

MEMCACHED

Memcached is a simple but powerful way to cache small chunks of data in memory.

REDIS

Redis can be used in the same way as Memcached but also includes many more features. For example it can also store data that should be persistent on disk.

NGINX

Nginx is a web server, much like Apache, but it’s extremely fast. It’s often used to serve static content such as images or as a load balancer.

VARNISH

Varnish is a cache that you put in front of your regular web server. It works by putting all your popular content in memory and serves it directly, instead of having to pass everything on to your web server.

DRUPAL

Drupal is a complete platform that can be used to build scalable and flexible websites.

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There are lots of Content Management Systems available. See this huge list at Wikipedia.

JQUERY

JQuery is a framework with plugins to help build dynamic websites with AJAX interaction and animations.

MOOTOOLS

MooTools is just like jQuery a framework to help build powerful web applications using JavaScript.

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If you want to try any of the other alternatives look through the list in this Wikipedia entry.

NODE.JS

Node.js is an event-driven I/O framework where you write applications in JavaScript that runs on the V8 JavaScript engine. It’s a great way to build fast and scalable network programs.

RABBITMQ

RabbitMQ is a reliable and scalable messaging system that can handle high throughput. If you need to exchange data between systems or applications a messaging system is a great way to do this with lots of benefits compared to a custom solution or storing the data in a database.

SYMFONY

Symfony is a PHP framework that includes components and tools to help you build complex web applications faster. It also has over 1,000 plugins contributed by the community.

RUBY ON RAILS

For fans of the Ruby language, Ruby on Rails is the most popular framework available.

DJANGO

Django is a Python web framework developed to help you build high-performing and elegant web applications quickly.

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See this list on Wikipedia for a more complete list of web application frameworks available for different languages.

Don’t Squander your time

As a developer it’s always worth the time to keep up to date on what new software is available as it can help you solve complex tasks easily. Often time spent planning and doing research at the start of a project is well worth it since you can identify upcoming issues and how to solve them in the best way. The days where you program your way out of every issue are over, it’s more about using existing technology in smart ways.

There are of course a bunch of other software out there that we didn’t include. Let us know in the comments if there is anything you think is missing.

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