Open Web Tools Directory Courtesy of Mozilla Labs
Article by George Norman
On 08 Jul 2009
If you are a web developer and you need help, then you should know that there are a multitude of tools available out there that you can take advantage of in your endeavors. The catch, because situations when there isn’t a catch are quite rare, is that talking about these tools is easy, but finding them all is not. The good people at Mozilla Labs decided that this situation needs to come to a stop and consequently launched a central repository of all the open web development sources you can find out there. And they put their findings in one location: the Open Web Tools Directory.

Ben Galbraith, on behalf of the Developer Tools team, explains: “We’ve come to the opinion that in addition to creating new tools, one of the best things we could do is help developers understand the broad universe of tools that already exist and expose some of the fantastic and amazing work that’s being done. We’re launching today a first step in this direction: an Open Web Tools Directory.”


As you can see from the image at the bottom, the theme of the Open Web Tools Directory is space. According to Ben Galbraith, the Open Web Tools team decided to go with this space theme just because it calls attention to how many web development tools are in the tool ecosystem, even though just a few of them are currently listed in the Open Web Tools Directory. On top of that, the team was fed up with creating table-based master/detail database applications and wanted to go for something fun instead (fun to create and fun to use).

“We’re putting out a call for folks to tell us about their tools,” added Galbraith. “We’ve prepared a data entry form for you to use to submit a tool; please, help us fill up the directory with the hundreds or thousands of items we’ve missed! Your entries won’t go live immediately, but we’ll review them on a regular basis and get them added. We’re looking forward to evolving the directory and working with the web community to make it a vibrant resource for discovering and tracking the web’s amazing tools universe.”

On a little side note, you cannot access the Open Web Tools Directory web page, at least not the regular one, with Internet Explorer 8 simply because the site was built using HTML5 canvas. Just because you are an IE8 user does not mean you have to miss out on, you can visit an “accessible version of the directory” here.

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