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Guidance Framework for Creating a Modern Web Application Development Toolbox

Published: 18 December 2015

ID: G00292364

Analyst(s): Brad Dayley


As the volume and complexity of client code in modern Web applications increase, Web developers use tools to increase productivity and stay competitive. Too many tools or the wrong tools lead to confusion and inefficiency. Toolsmiths use a toolbox to reduce confusion and improve productivity.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Adopt Toolsmith Role
    • Understanding the Toolsmith Role
    • Identify and Document Current Web Development Tools
    • Use an Evolutionary Process
  • Step 1: Assess Current Tools
    • Defining the Tool Life Cycle Chart
    • Assessing Tools for the Toolbox
  • Step 2: Select Tools That Help Create Web Applications
    • Select JavaScript Frameworks and Libraries That Boost Productivity
    • Select IDEs/Editors to Create Web Application Client Code
    • Select Tools to Debug Web Application Client Code
    • Select Tools That Allow Web Developers to Collaborate on Client Code
    • Select Preprocessor Languages That Enhance JavaScript and CSS
  • Step 3: Select Tools That Build and Package Web Application Client Code
    • Select Tools That Optimize Code for Deployment
    • Select Tools That Simplify Resolving JavaScript Dependencies
    • Select Tools That Automate the Build and Test Processes
  • Step 4: Select Tools That Improve the Quality of Web Applications
    • Select Tools That Allow You to Test the Web Application JavaScript Code
    • Select Tools That Analyze Web Application Code
  • Step 5: Roll Out Tools in the Toolbox
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

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