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.
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 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
- Step 3: Select Tools That Build and Package Web Application Client Code
- Select Tools That Optimize Code for Deployment
- Select Tools That Automate the Build and Test Processes
- Step 4: Select Tools That Improve the Quality of Web Applications
- Select Tools That Analyze Web Application Code
- Step 5: Roll Out Tools in the Toolbox
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