40 Essential Tools For .NET Developers

I’ve been meaning to publish this for ages, so after nearly a year of planning……

Software

Resharper : Simply the best .NET tool… FACT. Try it once and you’ll never go back.
Son Of Obsidian : Cool Visual Studio theme that will help reduce eye strain,
Stylecop : Provides a very simple way to introduce coding standards to your work.  VS will point out all your small discretions so you don’t have to worry about them any more.
Visual Studio Achievements : Unlocks achievements as you code.
FX Cop Intergrator
FX Cop
Indigo Studio Brilliant and simple wire framing tool.
Diffmerge
SQL Complete Intellisense for SQL!
Keypass Best password manager I’ve used.
Fiddler Useful for debugging in IE and doing network troubleshooting
Manic Time Tracks your time easily
M-remote Great RDP client. I haven’t used remote desktop in years.
dotPeek Brilliant free replacement for reflector.
Isapi Rewrite Redirect module for IIS, getting more obsolete nowadays
SQL Profiler Free SQL profile when you only have SQL express on your server
Xampp for Windows Simple LAMP installation
Sublime 2My Favourite text editor
Dia Really handy if you need to knock up a quick ERD diagram
Launchy Lightning fast program launcher from your keyboard
Dropbox File back-up
Xenu Can be a life saver if you get 500’s on your web server. Finds all broken URLs on your site.
Unlocker Unlocks files that have been locked by Windows, essential tool!
SourceTree  Git client for Windows
Virtualbox Essential for cross browser testing
ClamWin AntivirusFree anti-virus

Cool Frameworks and software

Trello By far the easiest and simplest project management tool I’ve ever used.
Harvest Cool time tracking software, integrates with Trello
WordPress Great for knocking a site up quickly.
N-Unit Great unit testing framework
Fluent Assertions Write Unit Test easier
GSA Lib Brilliant wrapper for Google Site Search
Infragistics Great component library for desktop and web apps
Snippet Compiler
StructureMap Nice DI framework
Automapper</>Simplify object mappings
Bootstrap Makes your site look a million times better in seconds

Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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