Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Useful tools

I always seem to be setting up development machines and need to install the same set of tools over and over. To help me keep track of them I’m starting a list:

Tool name Description Location
ILSpy ILSpy is the open-source .NET assembly browser and decompiler. A replacement for Reflector which is now a commercial product. http://wiki.sharpdevelop.net/ilspy.ashx
Regulator An advanced, free regular expressions testing and learning tool. http://www.osherove.com/tools
XMLPad XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=72d6aa49-787d-4118-ba5f-4f30fe913628&displaylang=en
Notepad++ Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
Baretail A real-time log file monitoring tool. http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baretail/
Gallio The Gallio Automation Platform is an open, extensible, and neutral system for .NET that provides a common object model, runtime services and tools (such as test runners) that may be leveraged by any number of test frameworks. http://www.gallio.org/
Sandcastle

Documentation compiler for managed class libraries.

http://sandcastle.codeplex.com/releases/view/47665
NDepend NDepend is a Visual Studio tool to manage complex .NET code and achieve high Code Quality. http://www.ndepend.com/
PartCover Open source code coverage tool. https://github.com/sawilde/partcover.net4
WinMerge WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. http://winmerge.org/

Query Express

Query Express is a simple Query Analyzer look-alike, but being small and free it can be run where the SQL Server client tools are not installed or licensed. http://www.albahari.com/queryexpress.aspx
AnjLab SQL Profiler A free SQL Server Express Edition Profiler that provides the most of functionality standard profiler does. http://anjlab.com/en/projects/opensource/sqlprofiler
TreeTrim This is a command line tool that trims your source code tree. It removes debug files, source control bindings, and temporary files. http://code.google.com/p/treetrim/
LogParser Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory®. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en
Lizard GUI A GUI for parsing log files (use with LogParser). http://www.lizard-labs.net/log_parser_lizard.aspx
cURL cURL is a computer software project providing a library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols. http://curl.haxx.se/
Wget GNU Wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive commandline tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without X-Windows support, etc. http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/
Console2 Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles. http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/
WireShark A network protocol analyser. http://www.wireshark.org/
Fiddler Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. http://fiddler2.com/fiddler2/

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