Here are some the applications that make up my Toolbox:
Research and Development Tools
- Lutz Roeder’s Reflector (Now Red Gate’s, but still free)
Could not live without it! Reverse engineer any assembly. The ultimate documentation…
- Microsoft Visual Studio
C# productivity and refactoring plugin for Visual Studio.
Web application development
- Firebug – Firefox add-on
- Pixel Perfect
a Firebug extension that allows you to easily overlay a web composition (an image) on top of the developed HTML to see if you CSS is correct.
- IE Developer Toolbar
Like Firebug but for IE.
Tool to enable debugging of the raw http-traffic between your browser and server.
- VMware Workstation
Capture UDP log messages from EPiServer and other log4net sources.
Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server here.
I have used many different text editors over time but this one is my current favourite.
- Regular Expression Workbench
- Microsoft OneNote
- SnagIt and Camtasia
Nice tool for screen capture.
File & Network
A clean FTP-client but we also use FileZilla Server for as ftp-server instead of IIS poor implementation.
Tells you what process that blocks you from deleting a file or folder. And it can also force a deletion! Nice.
Sourcecode Change and Configuration Managment (ALM)
- Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
I like the process integration with work items but you must be a rocket scientist to install it administer it. I have former Borland colleagues working on the dev team that ensures me that the 2010 version will be easier to install and have better SharePoint integration, etc.
- TFS Power Tools
I think that each client must have power tools installed installed since several vital functions are missing in the explorer release. How could you live without functions as tree-compare and Annotate (=blame)?
- Scrum for Team System, Scrum Dashboard and TFS Web Access
Good process templates and tools to support the development process.
- Subversion and TortoiseSVN
Free and not the same hassel to install. This is what I use when I’m not at work.
- XP Pro IIS Admin
Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows. Excelent for protocol level analysis when things over the network does not behave.
- Asterisk Key
Forgot a password? But it is there – hidden under asterisk in the password box. This tool extract the secrets for you!
- TreeSize (Free)
Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to.
- LDAP Browser
Excelent directory browsing tool to help you see the details. A must have if you want to see the real data return by you LDAP Server.