Below are the tools, sites and stuff I use. I plan to update it as it goes.
Correction: I planned but haven’t.
Even though I have a Winzip license I haven’t bothered installing it for several years. I guess Microsoft killed Winzip through having simple zip support out of the box and for all other needs there are 7-zip.
Winzip deserves an extra mentioning though due to their license: your payment is also valid for all updates. Many many other software companies have something to learn there.
The built in searching software in Windows XP and forward sucks big time. To its defense I must say that it searches Microsoft office documents. But since it doesn’t search all folders it is rendered useless for a developer like me. Agent ransack searches fast, very fast, and has a simple regex tool to refine searches.
This open source solution is handy for global shortcuts. I use it to set the size of windows to cover half the left, right, top or bottom. I also send my windows between my monitors with a similar keystroke. It has a wierd scripting language and some bugs regarding how big monitors and windows are.
A blogging site. Less-than-good user interface for writing. And the UI hasn’t been updated for ages.
In Windows one have to have a connection string to connect to a database. These come in all colours and tastes. This site has a comprehensive list. Gratis.
It is an addin to Visual Studio. Gratis. A must-have if you develop in Visual studio.
The most used shortcuts, for me, are alt-u to open files and alt-m to go to a method. With this there is no more searching for files in the solution explorer or scrolling up and down looking for the right method.
Filezilla is a free FTP server and client. I only use the client. I cannot say if it is the best of its crop or has some whiz-bang stuff that oushines the competition but it is free and fairly simple to use.
I have lots of passwords and so do most of us. Instead of having the same password for most places or a system of passwords, use unique ones; then you don’t have to worry about people getting your hotmail because they got hold of the passwords for a small site somewhere and successfullly try it on hotmail too.
I have the same database synchronized with my Windows mobile phone; this requires an older version of the software unfortunately, but I keep the passwords with me without the need of a computer.
It is open source so you can inspect the source code at will.
A gratis site for converting all sorts of formats, not only video and sound.
I am a sucker for not writing code I don’t have to. Automatic code generation is the way to go.
I don’t think Notepad2 is the best editor out there. Not even close really. But it makes it easy to exchange your Notepad.exe with the vastly superior and open source Notepad2. Notetab does the same pre WinXP and possibly many other editors too but this is the only I have tried (post win2k) and I use it.
Automatic testing is considered good. I might be too much to test everything but the important things and the difficult things are worth while to test automatically.
This open source extension lib to NUnit makes it more fluent to write assertions. The best return of investment is when writing tests for exception throwing.
This is my primary web browser and has been since before 2000. For certain development things Firefox is better and one must have Internet explorer around for about one site a year but for the other 8759 hours Opera is to prefer.Web browsers are a pain to user with the keyboard. Opera lets you navigate between the controls with shift-arrows; so much easier debugging when one doesn’t have to grab for the mouse all the time.
Arguably the best mobile browser for fat mobile phones. It is gratis.
There is an application, Skyfire, that I believe works like Opera mini.
If you ever have tried sending a snippet over email or especially chat you know bad how the layout gets scrambled. Enter Pastebin.
Paste the code into Pastebin and send the unique URL. It even has history so when chatting you can update the code and resend.
There are competitors but I havn’t found any as good.
To create PDF documents I use an open source solution. It installs itself as a printer so it is usable for everything from everywhere. For reading I use OpenOffice instead of the competitor-for-the-worst-software-written-ever program from Adobe themselves.
PowerCommand for Visual Studio 2008
Gratis. Source code available but I don’t know if there are any strings attached.
It has Copy reference and Open folder and Open command prompt. No more tedious searching for references or walking all over the hard drive to find the correct folder.
An online solution for one time email addresses. Good for avoiding spam. It is gratis but it sometimes takes a while for the emails to pass through.Approximately the same result can be gained by having a spare email account for this but Spam gourmet comes with a number-of-possible-sendings solution that might be handy.
There are many media players. VLC is one of them. I use it since it takes most formats.
It went version 1 in 2009.
Open source.There is another well known application, Media player classic, that does approximately the same. To be honest, I use both.
This is an open source diff tool. It has a nice keyboard navigation, something that the diff program that comes with Visual studio has totally messed up. None of these two have any knowledge about classes and methods so if you swap two methods it is recognized as add and delete instead of the move it really is.
Somewhere I found a program that can diff 3 files at once but the URL is since long forgotten.