Developer Tools

I recently went through the exercise of reinstalling all of my developer tools on my home development system. This involved uninstalling everything, including Visual Studio and SQL and then reinstalling. While this wasn’t exactly a painless experience, it was good to get back to a relatively clean slate and re-evaluate all of the various tools and add-ins I’ve accumulated.

I posted a similar list about 2 1/2 years ago, so it’s interesting to see what’s changed in that time. This time, I’m just listing the tools that I personally use.

Tool Category Website
NCover Code Coverage http://ncover.org/site/
NUnit Unit Testing http://www.nunit.org
FxCop Code Analysis http://peek.snipurl.com/2zw2c [Microsoft Download Center]
StyleCop Code Analysis http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/sourceanalysis
NDepend Code Analysis http://www.ndepend.com/
Sandcastle Documentation Generator http://www.codeplex.com/Sandcastle
DiffMerge File Compare/Merge Tools http://www.sourcegear.com/diffmerge/
List Debugger Visualizer Debugger Visualizer http://www.codeproject.com/KB/macros/ListVisualizer.aspx
SlickEdit Gadgets 2.0 IDE Add-In http://www.slickedit.com/content/view/441
SlickEdit Tools v2.0.1 IDE Add-In http://www.slickedit.com/content/view/385/234/
Code Project Browser IDE Add-In http://www.codeproject.com/KB/macros/cpbrowser.aspx
Power Commands for Visual Studio IDE Add-In http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/PowerCommands
Property Searcher Addin IDE Add-In http://www.codeplex.com/propertysearcher
MZ-Tools IDE Add-In http://www.mztools.com/index.htm
Resource Refactoring Tool IDE Add-In http://www.codeplex.com/ResourceRefactoring
Source Code Outliner IDE Add-In http://www.codeplex.com/SourceCodeOutliner
Framework Design Studio Miscellaneous http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/fds
Sandcastle Help File Builder Miscellaneous http://www.codeplex.com/SHFB
Reflector for .NET Miscellaneous http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet/
Snippet Compiler Miscellaneous http://www.sliver.com/dotnet/SnippetCompiler/