Useful Tools for Developers #3

Welcome to part 3 of useful tools for developers! This week we have a couple of useful tools, plus a bonus useful tool/funny/entertaining tool to help you get through boring online news reading.

As with most all of the development tools I post up in these articles, I have tried these first hand and love them. They all come in handy and make life easier for us developers.


Ajaxload is a simple and easy tool to help you quickly create a animated loading icon GIF. This is a great tool that I’ve used many times and it’s especially helpful for those web projects you have that involve AJAX and have load time. You can pick from many different load icon styles from the drop-down, select background color & foreground color and quickly generate it.

AJAX Load icon maker


Tired of reading the same old headlines in news stories and blog posts? Spice them up a bit and read them for what they really mean with Downworthy. Downworthy is a browser plugin that turns hyperbolic viral headlines into funny, truthful, headlines.

For example: “This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found Is Mysteriously Awesome…Whoa.” turns into “This Guy Was Exploring His Grandpa’s Attic. What He Found Is Mysteriously Probably Slightly Less Boring than Working…Whoa.”

Although it’s not exactly a web developer tool, it’s something than can come in handy and make you laugh when reading blog posts.

Downworthy Browser Plugin for Headlines


Another tool that comes in handy, px-em does just what you think it does, converts pixels to em’s. You just type in your parent font size in pixels and the font size you want, then it converts it to the proper em size. It’s a super useful and super easy tool that can save you the time of doing math and using a calculator while developing.

px-em conversion tool

One comment

  1. Ron says:

    Another great tool that you didn’t mention is It has more than 50 CSS generators all in one place which is why I like it so mucn!

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