Development platform

To develop websites locally and on portable drives, I use:
  • XAMPP: An easy-to-set up web-server package
  • FoxyProxy: An extension for Firefox that allows you to use unlimited pseudo-domains for local development (e.g., foo.local, bar.local, etc.)
Other tools
  • Rex Swain's HTTP Viewer: A tool that lets you see exactly what happens between browser and server when you visit a particular site (local or remote). It's helpful for understanding website redirection.