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Open Source Resources and Tools for Web and App Development

 

Beautiful Design Using Free and Open Code

All development and design work by Storm Wolf Design is done using open source tools, right down to the operating system, Ubuntu Linux. Keeping things open, both in development, and in production, makes it easier to find errors or issues as they may occur, as anyone can view the work of a previous developer and improve upon or change it as they see fit. It also serves to save our customers time and money in the long run, both because there is no overhead for purchasing a proprietary piece of software, and also because being open, all tools and software is very well documented online. Using Ubuntu again as an example, this distribution of Linux is especially known for having a very active and vibrant forum that is free to register on and use.

Resources for Development

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WordPress CMS

WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS, and the basis for hundreds of thousands of websites, due to it’s open source design and vibrant and diverse set of plugins, widgets, and themes. From a single page blog to a fully customized CRM with integration to numerous other tools and virtually every social media network on the planet, WordPress is a true all-in-one solution for many, many businesses. This is the CMS of choice for Storm Wolf Design, as well as what this very site is built upon.

 

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Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions of Linux, and easily the most recognizable, with it’s unique Unity desktop interface. Ubuntu is also, as noted earlier, one of the most well documented, including a large segment of the forum being actual commercial developers. Almost anything that can be imagined being done on a computer, can be or has been done on Ubuntu.

 

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GNU Image Manipulation Program

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP as it is commonly referred to, is a highly extendable and feature-rich image editor akin to Adobe Photoshop, and easily its match. Unlike other image editors such as Photoshop, however, GIMP is complete free and completely open source, including it’s exhaustive list of plugins to add even more functionality. GIMP is also system agnostic.