When developing I often use tools that I am so familiar with that I don't even notice them anymore. I just regard them as standard & out of the box. These utilities make my everyday life much easier and enjoyable. Some of the utils are intergrated with Visual Studio (currently 2010) and some are stand-alone.
For myself to remember which ones I need to install when re-setup my system and for you my dear reader I created a list of Dev Tools. Probably never complete and sometime outdated. Please mail me for ideas or suggestions. They are highly appreciated!
My -never complete- list of coding tools
Visual Studio Code - No brainer for Front-end and NodeJS development. But not without these extensions:
- Emmet - Now built-in for speeding up HTML development. See https://docs.emmet.io/
- Live Server by Ritwick Dey - Launch a development local Server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages
- Live Sass Compiler by Ritwick Dey - Compile Sass or Scss to CSS at realtime with live browser reload.
The RegEx coach
The Regex Coach is a graphical application for Windows which can be used to experiment with (Perl-compatible) regular expressions interactively.
.NET Reflector enables you to easily view, navigate, and search through, the class hierarchies of .NET assemblies, even if you don’t have the code for them. With it, you can decompile and analyze .NET assemblies in C#, Visual Basic, and IL.
Resharper (non-free software)
Simply put, ReSharper is a must-have productivity tool for .NET developers. It fully integrates with Visual Studio to intelligently and powerfully extend the functionality that is native to Visual Studio. ReSharper provides solution-wide error highlighting on the fly, instant solutions for found errors, over 30 advanced code refactorings, superior unit testing tools, handy navigation and search features, single-click code formatting and cleanup, automatic code generation and templates, and a lot more productivity features for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, and XAML.
GhostDoc VS extension
GhostDoc is a free Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information.
Snippet Compiler - Snippet Compiler compiles snippets.
SoapUI - Great testing and debugging tool for working with webservices.
DBeaver - Need to work with databases? This is your friend. It is a free universal database manager. Support all the major databases: MSSQL, Oracle, MySQL, SQLite, etc. You can create and modify databases. Compare them, generate ER diagrams
WinMTR - a visual traceroute application shows the route between you and the destination host (only for IPv4). Works as portable app.