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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

    http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/Download
    An open source IDE for .NET. Check out the full feature tour.
  2. Visual Web Developer Express Edition

    http://www.microsoft.com/express/vwd
    Stripped down version of Visual Studio that allows you to write .NET web applications.
  3. TortoiseSVN

    http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads
    There is no better Subversion client for Windows. You need this if you are going to use VisualSVN with Visual Studio.
  4. NAnt

    http://nant.sourceforge.net
    .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

    http://www.sliver.com/dotnet/SnippetCompiler
    Snippet compiler is a small tool to write and execute small chunks of .NET code without creating a Visual Studio project.
  6. .NET Reflector

    http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet
    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

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c243a5ae-4bd1-4e3d-94b8-5a0f62bf7796&displaylang=en
    Tool for database administration and development from Microsoft
  8. Quest Comparison Suite for SQL Server

    http://www.quest.com/Comparison-Suite-for-SQL-Server
    Compare and synchronize database schema and data
  9. XYPlorer

    http://www.xyplorer.com
    Awesome file manager. The older version is completely free.
  10. Convert C# to VB.NET

    http://labs.developerfusion.co.uk/convert/csharp-to-vb.aspx
  11. NAnt Add-In

    http://www.netlogics.ch/devcenter/display/NLC/NAntAddin
    Visual Studio add-in for NAnt integration
  12. NUnit Add-In

    http://www.netlogics.ch/devcenter/display/NLC/NUnitAddin
    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

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