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Tools I Use –or– Shameless Plug Day

Sure, every developer uses his/her compiler, editor, debugger, IDE, etc. but does it stop there?  Heck no.

Here are the set of tools I use in addition, in no particular order:

  • Visual Studio 2008 with the following additions
    • TestDriven.Net – lets me run my NUnit unit tests in the IDE
    • Home Grown comment macro:
Imports System
Imports EnvDTE
Imports EnvDTE80
Imports EnvDTE90
Imports System.Diagnostics
Public Module Module1
    Private Function GetUserName() As String
        GetUserName = System.Environment.UserName
    End Function
    Sub InjectChangeComment()
        ActiveDocument().Selection().Text = "// " + System.DateTime.Now.ToString("MM-dd-yy") + " " + GetUserName() + vbTab + vbTab + vbTab
    End Sub
End Module
  • AQTime – I use this for performance measurement and finding leaks.
  • Araxis Merge – this lets me merge changes – the folder merge is a huge time saver when I get a new drop of a library.
  • Adobe Acrobat – Still the best tool for document interchange for anything that needs specific formatting.
  • Adobe Photoshop – I use PhotoShop for doing mockups, getting a second read on “unusual” files, etc.
  • AsTiffTagViewer – I use this for disassembling TIFFs.  I should really write my own using dotImage’s TIFF Tag routines, but AsTiffTagViewer works so well already…
  • .NET Reflector – I used to use ILDasm, but Reflector has been terrific for looking at code I’ve written to see what the compiler generated.
  • Pidgin – my current IM client.  It appears to suck the least.  Remember, communication is as important as writing code.
  • FxCop – Microsoft’s static analysis tool for .NET.
  • NUnit – I use TestDriven.Net far more often, but there are times when NUnit is a better choice.
Published Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:35 AM by Steve Hawley


Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:22 AM by MrPedantic

# re: Tools I Use –or– Shameless Plug Day

Good list.  Your FxCop link points to Pidgin IM, though.

You don't use Visual Assist and/or ReSharper?  I use VA for C++ work, although the refactoring is what I think of a level 0: it doesn't prevent me from doing something obvious, like renaming Foo to Bar when there's already a Bar.

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