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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author

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
NUnit Unit Testing
FxCop Code Analysis [Microsoft Download Center]
StyleCop Code Analysis
NDepend Code Analysis
Sandcastle Documentation Generator
DiffMerge File Compare/Merge Tools
List Debugger Visualizer Debugger Visualizer
SlickEdit Gadgets 2.0 IDE Add-In
SlickEdit Tools v2.0.1 IDE Add-In
Code Project Browser IDE Add-In
Power Commands for Visual Studio IDE Add-In
Property Searcher Addin IDE Add-In
MZ-Tools IDE Add-In
Resource Refactoring Tool IDE Add-In
Source Code Outliner IDE Add-In
Framework Design Studio Miscellaneous
Sandcastle Help File Builder Miscellaneous
Reflector for .NET Miscellaneous
Snippet Compiler Miscellaneous
Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:05 AM .NET (General) | Back to top

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