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I was asked today, “What are the Right Tools for the Job” for a programmer.

First of all Visual Studio 2013 Professional! (Next version will not be out until next year).

Whether you are programming in VB.NET or C#, you need the following:

1) Resharper – this is like having a top-notch programmer working with you to help you. It is intellisense of steroids! More details at http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/

2) GhostDoc Pro – this aids you in producing excellent XML Documentation! More details at http://submain.com/products/ghostdoc.aspx

3) DotCover – this is an excellent tool for checking code coverage (you do check the coverage of your unit tests – don’t you?). More details at http://www.jetbrains.com/dotcover/.

If you are programming in C#, then you should install and use Stylecop – this enforces a consistent code style to Microsoft standards. (It is also free!) More details at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/.

The above tools should be available to every professional Dot Net Programmer.  The small cost is usually recovered within a month by improved productivity.

Now how about tools you might need?

DotNetPeek is a free tool from Jet Brains for decompiling and browsing Dot Net Assemblies. I have used similar to recover lost updates from the updated assembly.

I have used DotMemory and DotTrace to get a product that was supposed to be feature complete into a state fit to ship.

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:06 PM | Back to top


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