In This Chapter
Choosing a text editor
Using a dedicated HTML editor
Comparing common browsers
Web development is a big job. You don't go to a construction site without a belt full of tools (and a cool hat), and the same thing is true with web development (except you don't normally need a hard hat for web development). An entire industry has evolved trying to sell tools that help make web development easier. The funny thing is that the tools you need might not be the ones that people are trying to sell you. Some of the very best web development tools are free, and some of the most expensive tools aren't that helpful.
This chapter tells you what you need and how to set up your workshop with great programs that simplify web development.
Many web development books are really books about how to use a particular type of software. Microsoft's Expression Web and Adobe Dreamweaver are the two primary applications in this category. These tools are powerful and offer some seemingly great features: