As I’m planning to switch to Windows7 within a month or so, I’m faced with the ever returning problem of re-installing my system (dammit!)
To help me remember which programs to install, and to answer some of the questions asked back in May at the AANUG “tool night” meeting, here is a – more of less – complete list of my Developer and Productivity toolbox:
DEVELOPER TOOLS, COMMERCIAL
Visual Studio 2008
This one hardy needs any introduction :-)
The best ASCII text editor for Windows!
EMS SQL Manager 2008 for SQL Server
If you’re using MS SQL Server as your storage engine, you simply can’t live without this one!!
The #1 plug-in for Visual Studio
File handling for professionals (no more Windows Explorer, please!!)
DEVELOPER TOOLS, FREE
If you’re working with AJAX or JSON, this is a “must have”
Remember: Testing is goooood :)
TortoiseSVN / SubVersion
Of course we all use SubVersion, right ?!
Awesome LINQ utility .. and for about $20 you even get autocomplete
Explore, browse, and analyze .NET assemblies (it’s great fun :-)
Beats the built-in “diff” any day!
Opera + Safari (ThinDownload)
No need to install Opera/Safari, simply use a “thin” install
Testing in multiple browsers is a lot of fun, ehhh – not really!
The #1 browser for developers (and other ‘cool’ people! :)
..and my FireFox add-on's (use Google to find download links!):
Mouse Gestures Redox
Consolas Font Pack for Visual Studio
I just have to read all my code with this font
ASP.NET MVC 1.0
You might as well forget about those Web Forms!! :-)
..but if you’re still using Web Forms, this one might come in handy
Virtual PC 2007 SP1
I mostly use Hyper-V machines, but this one will run on my laptop
Windows Live Writer
Really makes it SO much easier to blog (works with BlogEngine.NET)
PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS, COMMERCIAL
If you’re not using multiple monitors, you’re missing out .. and if you’re running multiple monitors without UltraMon .. you’re missing out too!!
The best packer/zipper on the marked
Lot’s of free (and actually good) FTP programs out there, but CuteFTP rules them all
PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS, FREE
Free and really awesome backup utility, will backup to nearly every storage device you can think of.
Acrobat Reader http://www.adobe.com/dk/products/reader/
Fox Reader http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/
I’m using both, but actually prefers Acrobat Reader as it renders output better than Fox (and with a SSD there’s no waiting for programs to launch anymore .. magic! :-)
When doing webdesign stuff (still does that from time to time – using Photoshop, of course!), it’s nice to be able to view all the fonts on monitor 2)
The fastest way to launch programs (and doing other cool stuff)
THE tool to use when you’re sharing files with your friends, clients etc – simply rocks!
No need to buy Acrobat to make a PDF file
The #1 RSS reader (I don’t like web based readers!)
Hey window .. stay in front, I say!!
Exactly how an image viewer/browser should work!!
Secure, multi tab terminal services/remote desktop client – nice!
If you’re like me .. you have (way too many) username/password combinations to remember – store them all in a secure, safe AND portable place