My Developer Applications and Utilities List

I am getting ready to move over to a new laptop, so I think that now is a good time to record (both for myself and for anyone else who may find this useful) the list of all the different programs and utilities that I have installed on my computer that I find useful (or necessary) enough to reinstall on the new box.

Coding & General Dev

  1. Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008 – All .net development (I know that 2008 can code for 2005 projects – however, I need to be able to work on 2005 projects that other coworkers are working on, where they do not have 2008 yet installed and the project file is still in 2005 format).
  2. Visual Assist X – Helps me use VS more efficiently.
  3. CodeSmith – Code Generation
  4. – Host multiple IIS sites on my box
  5. Astrum InstallWizard – Installer packager I use for a WinForms project
  6. DotFuscator Professional – Code Obfuscation
  7. ApexSQL Diff – Diffs and updates for SQL Servers
  8. WMI Code Creator – Generate code to query computer info
  9. Sql Server – I had had 2005, I think I will also install 2008 going forward. Don’t forget Reporting Services and SSIS (I will try to go with both side-by-side because I still may need to work on 2005-based reports and SSIS jobs going forward. 2008 will be the instance that I have running locally, though).
  10. VistaDB – Great embedded DB that I use for a Windows Forms app that I work on.
  11. Controls – Various controls packages that I use for & WinForms dev work
    1. Krypton Toolkit/Navigator – WinForms controls
    2. Telerik RadControls – Great web controls
    3. – .net-based vector graphics
    4. DynamicPDF – .net PDF generation


  1. – Great simple, free graphics tool
  2. iTunes
  3. Gimp – Great complicated, free graphics tool
  4. Picasa – Photo management
  5. Flickr Uploader – Get the photos online
  6. Audacity – Audio processing
  7. AndreaMosaic – Create cool photo mosaics
  8. DivX
  9. VLC Media Player


  1. Firefox 3.x – Everyday browser. Don’t forget the following AddIns:
    1. Adblock Plus
    2. Delicious Bookmarks
    3. DownThemAll!
    4. FireBug
    5. FireFTP
    6. Google Toolbar
    7. IE Tab
    8. Live HTTP Headers
    9. SnagIt Extension
    10. URL Fixer
  2. Google Talk Client – IM and Chat
  3. Skype – VOIP
  4. Putty – For the occassional Telnet session
  5. twhirl – For when I get in the mode to Tweet
  6. Windows Live Writer – Blogging from the desktop

Utilities & Misc Apps

  1. MS Office 2007
  2. SysInternals – All the included utilities, especially Process Explorer and AutoRuns
  3. Notepad2 – Must-have
  4. SVN, AnkhSVN, TortoiseSVN – Local Source Control
  5. SnagIt – Best screen capture tool
  6. BareGrep – Good, free, fast grep tool for Windows
  7. TaskSwitchXP Pro – Improved Alt-Tab behavior.
  8. AllSnap – Makes it easier to line up windows next to each other
  9. Virtual CD Control Panel for XP – Mount iso images as virtual drives
  10. Hex Editor – Sometimes necessary
  11. WinMerge – Good, free Diff/Merge tool
  12. Fiddler HTTP Debugger
  13. KeePass Password Safe – Password encryption and storage
  14. VMWare – Player and Infrastructure Client
  15. ALZip – Zip utility
  16. mTorrent
  17. Google Earth
  18. VSS 6.0 Client – Unfortunately

Am I missing anything?

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One Response to My Developer Applications and Utilities List

  1. Jason Short says:

    Thanks for the nod! Appreciate it.
    I also use Visual Assist X, love it until LINQ and lambda expression came out. It can’t quite get the intellisense on those yet…
    Might also like FileZilla (opensource FTP client) I like it better than the one I was using before.

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