"Open source Web development tools have come a long
way. The open source community offers a huge array of applications
that are useful to Web developers and designers. In many cases,
these open source tools are even more widely used than their closed
source counterparts. And some open source Web tools don't even have
any real closed source competitors.
"As these tools mature, it's becoming more and more difficult to
sort them into categories. Some blogging platforms are robust
enough to build an entire site. Content management systems often
have some features you usually find in Web app development
frameworks, and text editors begin to look more and more like full
integrated development environments (IDEs).
"While that makes it tougher to organize our lists, it's good
news for designers and developers. As Web tools offer more
features, it makes Web professionals' jobs easier, and it opens up
new opportunities for hobbyist and home users whose coding skills
might not be as well developed.
"Here are 56 of the best open source Web development and design
tools that provide good alternatives to popular commercial, closed