Sunday, February 20, 2011

5 Free Android Apps for Web Developers

android apps for Developers and DesignersWeb Apps Overview new! Targeting Screens from Web Apps new! If you’re a web developer on the go, you may sometimes find the need to test some code, fix an error, or manage remote files when you’re away from your desktop. If you have an Android device, you’re in luck, as the Market has a smattering of handy free apps that are perfect for the on-site programmer or dabbling hobbyist. Today, lets take a look at 5 great applications for Android phones that will make it easier for designers and developers to turn their ability in web part.

If you’re already using these essential extensions for Google Chrome, and these tried and true add-ons for Firefox to make your developer tasks easier, then these five Android apps should complete your developer set.

1. HTMLeditor

HTML Editor App Image

It doesn’t get any more fundamental than this. HTMLeditor is a simple, lightweight little app that will let you code and test HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. It’s a simple text editor that saves your work to your SD card and previews it in a stripped-down mobile browser. It doesn’t highlight errors, or even render images in the preview, but it still makes for a handy mobile solution.

2. AndFTP

AndFTP Android App Image

If you need mobile access to the content on your web servers, check out AndFTP, an extremely robust free utility. Add login information for multiple domains, choose the one you want to access, and the app quickly (over 3G) pulls up your file tree in an easy-to-navigate interface. Using your handset as though it’s a web-connected USB drive, you can upload and download files from your server, manipulate existing files (move, rename, delete), and browse your own device. The app supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS connections.

3. View Web Source

View Web Source Android App Image

If you’re surfing the mobile web with Android and come across something that needs a closer “developer’s eye view,” check out the View Web Source app, which will download the full source code of any web page into a text editor, where you can make changes or notes, and copy/paste it out to an e-mail for later review.

4. Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker Android App Image

Mulling over some web design ideas while you’re out and about? The Magic Color Picker app lets you browse the wonderful wheel of web-safe colors in your quest for the perfect menu shade or logo hue.

The app gives you color values in multiple formats, including hexadecimal, RGB, HSV, YUV, and HSL, and offers a few choices for ways to visualize your web palette.

The one drawback is that there is no way to bookmark or export the color codes once you find one, so grab the old pen and paper if you need them for later use.

5. HTML Test

HTML Test Andoid App Image

Studying for the next web dev pop quiz at school? Looking to flex your coding knowledge muscles? The HTML Test app will hit you with 20 timed multiple choice questions about our favorite Internet syntax. Answer them all to the best of your ability, then go back through to see how well you did.

If you take the quiz a few times, you may start to see some questions repeat. But it’s great for a quick study break or the impromptu “Code-Off.”

No cheating!


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