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Eric A. Meyer, Technical Consultant, Author, Trainer and Co-founder of An Event Apart

When he’s not doing things like speaking at An Event Apart (which he co-founded), writing bleeding edge books on front-end development, and helping families heal after tragic loss— he still finds time to talk with us. We are extremely excited and humbled to have his insight in this issue, and he has a bunch of wisdom to share with us.

Eric’s Dev Toolbox: Tools should be: Futuristic & Free

1. F2
Meyer points to the screenshotcommand  in Firefox’s Developer Toolbar (the one you get with F2, not K) as his favorite productivity
tool. And it’s free! “You can set device-pixel resolution to get really high-res page captures, capture the entire page (including the parts you can’t see), and even supply a CSS selector to capture an image of just that element.

2. Grid Inspector (Firefox)
…or Shapes Editor (Chrome), are two more productivity extensions that Meyer uses. He says the free extensions make working on the cutting edge of CSS easier to manage, because they allow in-browser visualization of things that can be difficult to imagine. “As a bonus, the Shapes Editor lets you edit shapes in-browser and then copy the resulting values.”

3. ControlPlane
ControlPlane (OS X) has saved Meyer from public embarrassment at conferences, and it’s also free. “It allows me to define various
contexts based on parameters like the SSID of the wifi I’m using, or the time of day,” he explains. “So if I’m on my home wifi, ControlPlane switches to ‘Home’ context, and disables “mute” or the password on my screensaver.

Who’s Building the future of Development?

When Eric A. Meyer dreams, he dreams big. He says if money was no object, he would develop an ambient system to combine current work, the season, the time of day, exterior light levels, his pulse rate, and other factors to select the right combination of music and lighting, as well as select from various levels of notification.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:11 AM BuildBetter | Back to top

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