New tools for web design and development: June 2013

A very nuts 'n' bolts month, June. That's good though. There are plenty of loose screws on the web in need of attention, and the libraries and tools listed below tighten up a good few of them.

Take, for example, Simple Statistics. Now, you may not want to hear this, but statistics are widely abused because people are too lazy to actually look at – let alone do – the maths themselves. I know, not you, but 'some' people are like that. Simple Stats means you can still be lazy and do your own regression analysis. Great.

Then there's Parallel.js, which provides a straightforward interface to the web worker API. At last you can create threaded JavaScript apps capable of splitting heavy/repetitive computational tasks across multiple cores without the slightest effort.

And how about Portkit, which provides a straight comparison between iOS6/7 and Android widgets. Simple idea, but a total pain in the rump till you have just this type of resource.

Another way of describing these tools is 'functional'. They all do a worthwhile job. Mostly it's a task that can be described succinctly, but which, when you get down to it (randomisation, anyone?) is actually pretty tough. It's nice too see that that while secret services around the world are busy spending billions on 'mastering the web', or whatever, there's an army of developers out there actually making the web a better place to master. Warms the cockles.

1. Portkit

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