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Does Head First JavaScript cover IDEs and robust development procedures?

 
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One of the hurdles for me when considering developing for HTML5 and JavaScript is the development process. Up til now I have only used JS to add a bit of comfort to the UI in my web applications. All the hard work was done on the server in Java and using all the debugging & logging tools that are pretty much standard.

It is obviously possible to develop useful apps in JS. What tools can be recommended to ensure productivity & quality?

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I've been enjoying using WebStorm from the folks that brought us IntelliJ.
 
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Hi Paul,
Head First JavaScript does not cover any IDEs or development procedures (other than promoting best practices in general).
We like to say you can start programming with a simple text editor and a browser, and I do all my coding that way for the book so I know how it will feel for someone programming that way.

That said, yes, there are some good tools emerging that will aid in development. I have heard good things about WebStorm although I haven't used it myself yet; I primarily use TextMate and Coda. It's certainly true that once you get used to a certain tool, it takes effort to change!

I'm sure others will chime in with their tools and processes.

I'm curious how many people use unit testing with JavaScript. This is an area I'm just starting to learn more about.

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