If a designer is going to participate in implementation and contribute to the production codebase, he should be aware of the many tools at his disposal. While a development team may be using an IDE, that’s more than is needed for front end coding. Designers should select a plain text editor and HTML editor as their primary tools, ensuring that they have certain features. These will be used in concert with browser developer tools, a file comparison tool, and a version control client. Understanding the basics of version control is essential for a designer to work with production code.
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