I was kindly tagged by Gøran Hansen recently on his post about Visual Studio developer tools and add-ons, and so here's my list of tools. I'm going to make this more of a "tech tools I use in general" list rather than exclusively a Visual Studio or .NET list. It's a more accurate view of my development environment this way.
Visual Studio / C# / .NET
- Resharper. Code analysis and refactorings like no other tool. Visual Studio feels strange without it.
- LINQPad. For quick LINQ testing and experimenting.
- Snippet Compiler. Quickly run a bit of code, without creating a test project in Visual Studio.
- NUnit. Runs side by side with the code I'm currently working on.
- Reflector. For when I'm curious what's inside...
- Web Service Studio. Type in a web service URL. See the methods it exposes. Call them. See the results. Easy!
- SQL Prompt. Intellisense in SQL Server!
- Firefox and it's many extensions: web development takes twice as long without Firebug. For picking colors, I use ColorZilla. Treat FTP like another webpage in a tab with FireFTP. For general web dev help: web developer toolbar. But the best, by far, is the delicious bookmarks extension.
- Delicious. A central place for my bookmarks.
- IE Tester. Test web sites in IE 5.5, IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8... all from within one window!
- UltraMon. Extend your windows start menu bar across both of your monitors like you know it should.
- Fiddler. HTTP debugger.
Heard about, want to use, but not had the chance yet...
- jQuery intellisense in the new Visual Studio