This blog post lists tools that can improve productivity for developers, especially those working with .NET and headless content management systems.
- Microsoft Windows 10: Even though I do not need to reinstall Windows every few months anymore, I might move to Linux completely if Microsoft Office and Visual Studio could run without Windows. I try to minimize use of Windows features in favor of keyboard shortcuts and WSL: https://wslguy.net/2021/03/10/keyboard-shortcuts-desktop-background/
- Windows Subsystem for Linux (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS): I have a separate blog mostly about using WSL: https://wslguy.net
- Windows Terminal: For use with the Windows command shell, PowerShell, WSL, and potentially other shells.
- Microsoft Visual Studio: Whether Community 2019 for .NET, Code for lightweight editing, or another edition, Visual Studio maximizes developer productivity. JetBrains Rider is a viable alternative, but Visual Studio Community and Code are free.
- Contentstack: For SaaS headless content management.
- Algolia: For managed search.
- JetBrains ReSharper: Further improves Visual Studio developer productivity and code quality.
- Postman: For sending HTTP requests manually.
- JetBrains dotPeek: For disassembling compiled .NET solutions to approximations of their source code.
- Microsoft Edge: Stable, secure, standard, fast, supported browser: https://wslguy.net/2021/02/05/microsoft-edge-browser-configuration-and-use/
- Microsoft Office 365 with OneDrive: I particularly appreciate Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- SysInternals Utilities: AutoRuns, BackgroundInfo, FileMonitor, Handle, ProcessExplorer, ProcessMonitor, ZoomIt, and many more.
- 7-Zip: For managing compressed archives.
- MythicSoft FileLocatorPro or Agent Ransack: For finding files.
- ngrok: For getting HTTP requests through firewalls and to systems that do not have DNS entries.
- PureText: For stripping formatting from clipboard contents: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/use-puretext-remove-formatting-from-text-windows-clipboard-john-west/
- WinMerge or Beyond Compare: For comparing and merging differences between file systems and text files.
- Sublime Text: For lightweight text editing.
- LINQpad: For lightweight C# scripting with JSON and image visualizations from .NET code: https://deliverystack.net/2020/07/20/using-linqpad-to-access-headless-cms/
- Foobar2000: For music management.
I have not used these for some time and do not remember exactly what each does, but if they still work, then they each have some useful features:
- Microsoft StyleCop: Visual Studio code quality plug-in.
- StyleCop for Resharper: Merged into StyleCop.
- Agent Smith: Visual Studio code quality plug-in.
- Agent Johnson: Visual Studio code quality plug-in (possibly only relevant to Sitecore developers).
- Agents Mulder and Scully: Also exist, never investigated.
- SouceTree/Tortoise SVN/GIT: For source code management.
- HttpWatch/Fiddler/Wireshark: For diagnosing network and HTTP issues.
This blog post is partially an update of the following, each of which has comments that may be relevant:
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