A cross-section of useful, no-cost software development tools offered by vendors and the developer community
This article presents a cross-section of some of the most popular and useful free software development tools available. The vast majority of the tools listed in the table are geared toward .NET development, but there are a few others thrown in for those who are doing cross-platform development.
50 tools are listed in nine categories that represent a cross-section of the types of tools most widely available:
- Content management systems (CMSs)
- Data access and Object-Relational Mapping (ORM)
- Documentation & Project Management
- Performance Analysis/Management
- Software Configuration Management/Version Control
- Testing and Debugging
- Visual Studio add-ins
There's also a "miscellaneous" category listing tools that don't quite fit in any of the other categories. Some of the tools listed were suggested by DevProConnections authors (more about our authors' favorite tools in the next section). Others came from the DevProConnections "files": press releases and briefings with tool providers. Tools were selected with an eye toward including those that .NET developers would find most useful. In other words, even though a tool is "free," it still must provide value and practical benefit to developers.
Some interesting items in this that you might not usually see in this kind of round up... Somewhat vendor heavy, but still all free stuff.
Something I thought very cool and unique was that the list was provided in a downloadable XlsX. That makes for much easier filtering, viewing, etc than how these kinds of lists are usually presented. (The only thing that would of made it better is that if the XlsX were hosted on SkyDrive and its cool embedding feature used... [Embed Excel spreadsheets and charts into your web pages/posts, not as static tables but as "live" data via Excel Web App] ;)