Wednesday, February 27, 2008

12 Essential Free Tools for .NET Developers

Over my course of .NET development, I have compiled a list of essential free tools for .NET applications. This is not a the alpha or the omega of tools, just a short list that I feel is essential.

  1. SharpDevelop
    An open source IDE for .NET. Check out the full feature tour.
  2. Visual Web Developer Express Edition
    Stripped down version of Visual Studio that allows you to write .NET web applications.
  3. TortoiseSVN
    There is no better Subversion client for Windows. You need this if you are going to use VisualSVN with Visual Studio.
  4. NAnt
    .NET based automation tool that has many built in tasks but could be extended with custom code written in any .NET language.
  5. Snippet Compiler
    Snippet compiler is a small tool to write and execute small chunks of .NET code without creating a Visual Studio project.
  6. .NET Reflector
    Reflector is the class browser, explorer, analyzer and documentation viewer for .NET. Reflector allows to easily view, navigate, search, decompile and analyze .NET assemblies in C#, Visual Basic and IL.
  7. Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express
    Tool for database administration and development from Microsoft
  8. Quest Comparison Suite for SQL Server
    Compare and synchronize database schema and data
  9. XYPlorer
    Awesome file manager. The older version is completely free.
  10. Convert C# to VB.NET
  11. NAnt Add-In
    Visual Studio add-in for NAnt integration
  12. NUnit Add-In
    Visual Studio add-in for NUnit integration

More Visual Studio add-ins can be found at 15+ Free Visual Studio Add-Ins and 15+ FREE Visual Studio Add-ins - Part 2

1 comment:

  1. This is certainly good list ,but I want add one more in this list which is perfectly suited for .NET Development is IntelliJ IDEA.


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