Software Development Tools
I’m guessing that in every trade or craft, the ‘craftsmen’ delight in sharing (or not sharing!) their favorite tools, the objects that make their day. For cooks, maybe it’s a special pot or pan; for writers, maybe it’s a special pen. For software developers, well.. we just have software. Scott mentions a list of tools he used in a recent demonstration at Microsoft, most of which were new (and very interesting) to me. I’m pasting below so that I don’t have to check out his page every time I want to remember where something was:
- XSD.exe comes with the .NET SDK ASP.NET XSD Online Demo
- WSDL.exe comes with the .NET SDK. WSDL Explained
- YATT (Yet Another Trace Tool) from the fantastic Simon Fell
- XML Spy 5.0 from Altova
- Mind Reef’s SoapScope 1.0 (just released!)
- OmniOpera from Kamiak
- GotDotNet’s Free WebServicesStudio
- Microsoft’s Free SOAP Toolkit 3.0
- Apache AXIS (SOAP Implementation)
- IDL2SDL (and WSDL) from Infotects
- Google’s SOAP API and WSDL (.NET code included!)
- Calling Google from PocketSOAP with a VBS Script from Simon Fell
- Simon’s WSDL Tools
- XMethods Web Services Directory
- Blunck’s ieHTTPHeaders for seeing HTTP Headers within an IE Explorer Bar
- Eclipse is a “Universal IDE” with a neat WSDL Editor available (screenshot)
- VMWare is pure love, letting me run betas of the .NET Server OS UNDER Windows XP Pro
- A version of Zoomin, the screen magnifier, is included with Visual Studio 6.0, but there is a freeware version from Brian Friesen. Both are great, and I actually prefer the flexiblity of Brian’s.
- The Remote Display tool for seeing a Pocket PC screen on your desktop over TCP/IP is a Microsoft PocketPC Power Toy.
- The .NET IL Disassembler is called ILDASM.EXE and if you have the .NET SDK, this is installed on your system already in the Framework’s BIN directory. It’s your best friend.
- The AskDotNet Survey application is available from GotDotNet including source in C# or in VB.NET
- LSW DotNet – Reflection Browser is yummy, it’s better than just ILDASM, it’s an object browser and Disassembler that lets you see the disassembled source in C#!
- Ghost-It 1.04 rocks, it lets me make any window (like chat windows, or notepad) easy transparent via a tray icon.
- Lutz Roeder is my new best friend (noone’s told him yet) because of Documentor, Reflector, and Resourer.
- For when every pixel counts, I use JRuler (JR Screen Ruler) to measure my Windows…
- QuickCode.NET makes demos cleaner and less error-prone…let them do the typing.
- Aaron Skonnard’s .NET XML Tools aways help me out
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