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9 development tools tuned for JavaScript

Proprietary and open source IDEs and frameworks are rapidly evolving to accommodate increasing interest in JavaScript

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Once considered a script-kiddie toy, JavaScript has become a stalwart scripting language for developing Web applications, and vendors and open source organisations alike are pushing out IDEs and tools targeted at making JavaScript development easier and more reliable.

These tools move beyond familiar JavaScript technologies like jQuery and the growing set of JavaScript libraries to provide Web developers with a plethora of functionality, including debugging and support for HTML5 and other popular scripting languages.

Here is a look at some of the more compelling tools and frameworks for taking your JavaScript Web development projects to the next level.


4D Wakanda

4D Wakanda is a JavaScript development platform for building Web and mobile business applications. The included Wakanda Server features a datastore for housing application data and models, and it's run by the WakandaDB NoSQL object engine. WakandaDB leverages JavaScript and classes for an application's business logic. Also featured are Wakanda Studio (a visual designer and code editor) and Wakanda Framework (a client-side framework comprised of interface widgets for the browser front end, a data source layer, and a data provider to communicate with the server).

  • 9 JavaScript tools aimed at easing development
  • ActiveState Komodo IDE 7
  • Appcelerator Aptana Studio 3
  • 4D Wakanda
  • dotCloud JS
  • Telerik Kendo UI
  • SproutCore
  • Alpha Five v11
  • Eclipse JavaScript Development Tools
  • Oracle NetBeans IDE



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