Sunday, January 3, 2010

Essential Free Software For .NET Developers

Every software nerd has their suite of essential free applications they can’t live without, here’s mine:

Development Freebies

Visual Studio Express Editions http://www.microsoft.com/exPress/
Free versions of the most excellent IDE, Visual Studio 2008.

jQuery http://jquery.com/
Most awesomest javascript library ever; if I could marry it I would.

GhostDoc http://submain.com/products/ghostdoc.aspx
Makes XML method documentation in .NET very smooth.

NUnit http://www.nunit.org/index.php
Fast and lightweight unit testing library for .NET.

Firebug http://getfirebug.com/
_MOST USEFUL WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOL EVER CREATED_ Nuff said.

Moq http://code.google.com/p/moq/
Excellent mocking framework for dependency injection in unit tests.

NHibernate https://www.hibernate.org/343.html
Absolutely incredible ORM package, this is what entity framework should be. If you are using DataSets, entity framework, LINQ to Sql, etc. stop right now and go with Domain Driven Design and NHibernate.

Expresso http://www.ultrapico.com/Expresso.htm
Handy regular expression build, validation and testing tool.

OS Utilities & Application Freebies

Virtual Clone Drive http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html
Incredibly useful iso mounting utility that allows you to instantly mount any iso into a drive.

Auslogics Disk Defrag http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag
Very nice free disk defrag app to replace the base Windows version (works in Windows 7.)

Notepad++ http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
AWESOME little app for editing XML, HTML, etc.

Windows Live Writer http://download.live.com/writer
Best blog post authoring application I have found.

7Zip http://www.7-zip.org/
Nice compression / extraction utility.

WinDirStat http://windirstat.info/
Easy and visual way to figure out where all of your hard disk space has gone.

Picasa http://picasa.google.com/
Incredible useful photo and video management app.

Paint.NET http://www.getpaint.net/
Sweet Photoshop Lite replacement (FREE!).

Digsby http://www.digsby.com
Excellent IM client that supports every protocol under the sun.

FoxIt Reader http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/
Lightweight PDF reader.

Virtual Box http://www.virtualbox.org/
Most excellent virtualization application. Puts Virtual PC to shame.

Google Analytics http://www.google.com/analytics/
Super awesome analytics for all of your web applications.

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