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Your Development Tools

Every now and then I like to get a pulse on what people are using for their development environment.  I'm continually picking after useful tools from reading other developer's posts.  I'd like to know what your primary tools are, your list of favorites that you might not use every day, and what type of development work you tend to do.

For the most part, I'm a Web developer.  Though, I'm spending a lot of time with WPF (expect some posts shortly) and I'd like to take my business in that direction.

Daily Tools

  • Visual Studio 2005

  • SQL Server Management Studio

  • ReSharper, If you don't know about ReSharper, go download it now.

  • GhostDoc, perfect for the lazy developer who needs to generate documentation

  • Subversion, I will never use VSS again

  • TortoiseSVN, my preferred client for Subversion (at the moment)

  • EditPlus, because sometimes I just don't want to launch VS

  • TopStyle, excellent CSS editor

  • BaseCamp, this is a very recent edition

  • NUnit, and ReSharper provides an interface for running your tests in VS!

Not Quite Daily:

  • Lutz Roeder's Reflector, you can learn a lot for dissecting the .NET framework

  • Roy Osherove's Regulator, invaluable for experimenting with Regular Expressions

  • SQL Prompt, This adds database-specific Intellisense in your SQL editor!

  • Dreamweaver, Hmmm, why do I feel like I need to defend this?

  • Fireworks, I was really into Macromedia several years back. This is what I use for creating art assets when I need them.

Things I Used to Use

Base on my list from April of 2004.

  • CodeSmith, not that it is bad, I just don't do much code generation lately

  • SourceGear Vault, I ended up migrating to Subversion

  • Altova XMLSpy, well, er, I'm just using EditPlus (or VS's built in XML editor)

  • NAnt, after VS2005 I'm using msbuild.  Honestly, it's kind of hard to tell the difference

  • NDoc, :-(  I'm keeping an eye on Sandcastle

  • TargetProcess, still a cool tool

 Tools I'm Keeping An Eye On:

 Things I Hope To Use Daily:

 James Avery wrote about ten essential VS add-ins in MSDN Magazine.  Let's have your lists!

Posted 10-18-2006 2:14 PM by Christopher Bennage

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