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"I certainly recommend any developer should look into this book. There's nothing like using the right tool for each kind of job (even though one can put a nail on the wall by using a screwdriver, the best tool for the task is a hammer, right?). Of course, there is a boat load of tools available out there in the wild, and it's hard to decide which one could be useful for us, and this book does a great job at pointing us out to what's worth checking out."
-- Claudio Lassala, Windows Live

"Friday, January 19th is Windows Developer Tools Day To celebrate the tools that make Windows developers' lives easier–and the people who’ve created them–we’re unilaterally declaring Friday, January 19th to be Windows Developer Tools Day. It’s an ad hoc and spontaneous effort on our part to draw attention to the growing number of free and open source software (FOSS) tools that support developers who do their work on the Windows platforms. Below are some of the great tools that people are blogging about to mark the day. "
-- The Power Tools Team

"Power tools: ReSharper, definitely the most intelligent add-in to VS. O'Reilly has invited developers to blog about their favourite tools, the "ones you couldn't do without" and so I felt I owed this to the JetBrains' guys and I'm giving all .NET developers (especially C# ones) sincere advice: Try ReSharper and I'm sure you'll too find it wonderful. "
-- Patrick Riva, Just A Dev

"Earlier today I got a email from some of our friends at O'Reilly about Windows Developer Tools Day. What a great idea. To that end I would like to add my submissions to the list. First of all the Visual Studio Express tools (Visual Web Developer Express, Visual Basic Express, Visual C# Express, Visual C++ Express, Visual J# Express, SQL Server 2005 Express, and even XNA Game Studio Express). These tools licensed free from Microsoft allow many that are just starting out the power of Visual Studio without the cost! But most important since they are so similar to the Professional versions of the tools they provide a great stepping stone for students. Great job Microsoft! Next on my list would have to be MyGeneration, this is a code generator. I cannot imagine writing any applications today without some form of code generation."
-- Shawn Weisfeld, Drowning in Technical Debt

"Ever need to find files in Windows? You may know about Windows (pretty sad) "file find" feature, or you may use Studio/HomeSite's "extended find" feature, but each of those has drawbacks. I learned of a great freeware tool, Agent Ransack, and nearly everyone I show loves it for several reasons. Beyond fast, effective, and easy searching, it also has a cool regular expression building wizard that may be reason enough to use the tool when you need to create a RegEx quickly."
-- Charlie Arehart, Blue Dragon Blog

"The folks at O'Reilly are asking Windows deveopers to blog about their favorite tools. Here are mine: This first batch of tools is well known, and deservedly so. 1. Process Explorer - Peer deep into all the running processes. A major problem solver. 2. Process Monitor- What the #*%^@! is going on? Process monitor reports on every disk I/O, registry access, and threading activity happening. Many problems can be diagnosed by seeing where file system and/or registry acess is failing. 3. Reflector - MSDN doesn't explain what something does? Not a problem! Use Reflector to reverse engineer the .NET Framework. This will give you hyperlinked source code so you can understand what the framework really does. This batch isn't as well know, but they're still great..."
-- David Douglass, .NET on My Mind

"Jim Holmes (one of the organizers of the CodeMash conference) has declared Friday, 19 January (today) to be Windows Developer Tools Day. This is in recognition of the release of his joint work with James Avery called Windows Developer Power Tools that was recently released. Having worked with James on a book before, I know these guys put a ton of work into it (from what I see, it weighs in at about a ton, too!) My Developer Tool of choice: TestDriven.NET "
-- Brian Sherwin, Moving at the Speed of .NET

"I have two tools that I did not have the opportunity to contribute to the book, but I feel need to be mentioned because I use them both in almost every day of my professional life. They are Screen Ruler (created by Microfox) and Pixie by Nattyware. Read Jeff's blog for all the details... "
-- Jeff Blankenburg, Blankenthoughts

"In honor of Windows Developer Tools Day, here are some of the tools that make my development life easier: Free: Notepad2 - A wonderful notepad replacement that I love, love, love. Unleash It - I use this with Visual Build Professional for packing up source code to send to customers when I generate a build, or for creating a zip file with the appropriate files for ASP.NET sites. It hasn't been updated in a while, but it still works great. Gemini - For tracking bugs and issues. Free for interal use. Worth Every Penny...(read on for more)"
-- Avonelle, Coolbits.nu

"In order to promote the book Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows Development with More Than 170 Free and Open Source Tools, O’Reilly is declaring January 19th (aka today) to be Windows Developer Tools Day...As I mentioned before, I contributed a couple of sections to the book–The section on TortoiseSVN and TortoiseCVS and the section on Subtext of course."
-- Phil Haack, Haacked.com

"In order to celebrate this important event, I though I'd call out my free developer tools list, which I've neglected a bit recently but still has a lot of really useful stuff. Check it out, and post about your own favourites (or add a comment about them here...)"
-- Paul Bartlett, Paul's Imaginary Friend

"Apparently today is Windows Developer Tools Day and because I contributed to the book of the same name, I've been asked to write an entry on my favourite free tool, how it has helped me. I use a lot of free tools, it takes me ages to install them and as I don't really keep a list it's largely an organic process. However, the tool which really sticks out in my mind is Fiddler. Basically it's a proxy which sits on your machine and logs all HTTP traffic. "
-- Rhys Jeremiah, Hairy Spider Blog

"Since I live in both the .NET and Delphi worlds, I'm going to list tools from both. Most of my professional work is still in Delphi which is why the list is much longer. I saw an excellent user group meeting by Joe Wirtley and Dan Hounshell on Continuous Integration. I will definitely be checking out the following tools in the next few weeks: CruiseControl.NET, NAnt, NCover, NDepend, MSBuild, and Simian. Read on for Steve Pietrek's favorite .NET and Delphi tools. "
-- Steve Pietrek, A Continuous Learner's Weblob

"Three reasons to use FitNesse: 1. You find your self delivering software to your customer who says “That’s not what I asked for.” 2. Bugs sneak into your system as development progresses and these bugs takes weeks to find and remove. 3. It is difficult to create documentation for your system and it is constantly out of date because the system is changing. There is an article I wrote about FitNesse for Windows Developer Power Tools. This book, just released today, includes articles on dozens of free tools that .NET developers might benefit from. If you write .NET code, check it out. If not, keep in mind that FitNesse will work for almost any language."
-- Micah Martin, 8thlight.com

"My favorite tool is NAnt! I use the crap out of this tool. I use it to write more than build scripts. I use it to get stuff done. When it does not do what I need it to do or I think it should be easier I write an extension to help me get the job done. It is very easy to write new NAnt tasks...I also use CI Factory on most projects I am involved in. This magnifies how useful NAnt is in just getting stuff done for me. CI Factory includes many componetized NAnt targets and properties that are relevant to the solution you have open. "
-- Jay Flowers, jayflowers.com

"The time has finally come for the official release and availability of Windows Developer Power Tools...The book is a great reference guide and well worth the money. I still haven’t made it all the way through the book, but I learn something new every time I sit down and flip through it. The articles that I contributed to the book include: * Finding Changes Between Assembly Versions with LibCheck * Integrating Mock Objects into Your Testing with NMock 2.0 * Automating Web Application Testing with Selenium Core * Extending MSBuild Capabilities with MSBuild Community Tasks * Improving Team Communication and Collaboration with Basecamp * Examining Logs with LogParser "
-- Ben Carey, The Sherpa Project

"Clipboard Recorder is a utility that stores the last 100 snippets of text that have been copied to the clipboard. Among it's several interfaces, there is a pop-up menu that can be activated with the keystroke Ctrl+Alt+V. I mapped this keystroke to my mouse's thumb button and, viola! My favorite mouse configuration ever! Read on for Matt Casto's other favorite tools..."
-- Matt Casto, Matt Casto's Blog

"The good folks over at O'Reilly are '...unilaterally declaring Friday, January 19th to be Windows Developer Tools Day."' They're tying this to the launch of the new book by Jim Holmes and James Avery titled Windows Developer Power Tools. In the spirit of this, I'm going to list a few of the tools that I currently can't live without. * Cruise Control .NET * ReSharper * nUnit * nCover * nAnt * MS VPC & MS Virtual Server * SlickRun * Notepad++ * SysInternals There are a number of others that I use regularly, but these are my daily tools right now. "
-- Donald Belcham, Coding in an Igloo

"Seeing as how every one is talking about Windows Developer Tools Day, I thought I would contribute one of my favorite unheard of tools... dataset quickwatch. Dataset quickwatch allows you to right click on a dataset variable while debugging and bring up a datagrid of a dataset while debugging which is great for any application that uses datasets. On the current application I am on I would be lost without it. "
-- David Woods, David Woods Blog

"Hi, my name is Mike and I am a ViM addict. In order to maintain my sanity while working in Visual Studio, I use viEmu. This is a great Visual Studio addon that let's me use Vi commands from within the VS editor. Wanna move the cursor around the screen and not take your fingers off the home row? try j,k,l,m. Wanna quickly and easily search your code? Simply type / and then enter. To navigate between the results, hit n. Highlight a block of code? Esc, v, move the cursor to select. Awesome addon that was definitely worth the price. Other tools that are high on my list... "
-- Michael Eaton, Michael Eaton Consulting

"In coming up with my favorite tool, I had to search through many of them that I use and love. But most recently, I believe my favorite tool, that I use every single day has to be ReSharper from JetBrains. This add in to Visual Studio (I use Resharper 2.5 for VS2005) adds so many tiny benefits it would be hard to list them all. Just go their site and look through the feature list. It's simple, fast (as of the new version, the past versions did have some speed issues) and it stays out of the way. I've gotten to the point now where I don't even realize it is there. I was at a coworker's machine, which does not have Resharper installed, and I was amazed that I was able to get anything done without it. Read on for other tools that Jason Lautzenheiser uses..."
-- Jason Lautzenheiser, Lautz of .NET

"Thanks to Igloo Coder for reminding me that today (Jan 19th) is the unofficial Windows Developer Tools Day. I have a lot of tools in my utils folder, the ones that I use almost everyday are: ReSharper, DotTrace, mbUnit / nunit, VMWare, SlickRun, Launchy, SysInternals (if you're still using Task Manager instead of Process Explorer, make the switch please!!), NotePad++, nAnt, Reflector, Snippet Compiler, Powershell, Foxit Reader, WinRar, TimeSnapper, MyUninstaller, WinSnap, and Console."
-- Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo, Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo's Blog

"SubSonic is a toolset that helps a website build itself. SubSonic has the following features: - A Data Access Layer (DAL) builder that requires no code on your part, it builds itself at compile-time with a full object layer and strongly-typed collections - A complete utility toolset, complete with Rails-like scaffolding, migrations (DB Versioning), and code generators - A dynamic query tool, that lets you use SQL Server and the Enterprise Library without having to know SQL - An OR Mapper that extends to views and stored procedures so you're not locked into the OR/M thing "
-- George Bullock, Program Manager, Microsoft CodePlex

"Today is the Windows Developer Tools Day, as unilaterally proclaimed by the folks at O'Reilly, and everyone is invited to share their best tools on the Windows platform. Having contributed a presentation of NxBRE, an Open Source .NET Business Rules Engine, to their Windows Developer Power Tools book, you could expect me to talk about it, as the selfish nerd I am. But no, I prefer to share my passion for jEdit, my choice for an all purpose versatile open source editor. "
-- David Dossot, Just Do I.T.

"It was windows developers power tools day yesterday, to draw some attention to the free and open source software (FOSS) tools that helps us in doing development. If i were to pick one single FOSS tool that made quite a difference in my development experience it definitely has to be NUnit. NUnit is the ultimate tool that bought test driven development (TDD) to the .NET world. As most starting out on test driven development, i was also hesitant when i started out test driven development using NUnit. But the more i used it the more addicted i became to this tool. Though now i use VS.NET 2005 for doing TDD most of the times, still there are occasions i jump back to using NUnit because of its simplicity."
-- Prasanna, Prasanna's Blog

"After editing and signing a petition against global warming, I happen to receive this e-mail from them (guys, you are one day late!), apparently as a favour from O'Reilly (who make geek books with animals on their covers, Linux OS of course are penguins), asking me (us?) to write on our blogs about the best free and opensource software (FOSS, yeah I know it is a brand, you chic chicks, but this is the official abbreviation) that we find most useful. So, here are my choices and short reviewt... -NVU (pronounced as N-View) -- It is Macromedia Dreamweaver, as a Free and Open Source edition. -Mozilla Firefox (yeah!) -- The Internet is so blazingly fast with this. IE7 just ruins Webpages. -Mozilla Thunderbird-- Faster and better than Outlook Express! Much better signature handling too! -Google Talk -- Well, they use the open source standard of Jabber, their client isn't open source though. -Audacity -- It is Adobe Audition (formerly Syntrillium CoolEdit), as a free and open source edition! -The GIMP -- Adobe Photoshop, the free and open source version! Yay! However, as I now use a company licensed copy of Fireworks, this is not needed anymore. But it was awesome to use! -Stepmania -- Brings Dance Dance Revolution to a whole new free level, and on any PC, Linux or Mac. -GAIM -- Quite interesting, but I do not use it anymore because of its erroneous status display (i.e., Busy when actually not). Also because everyone's using MSN Messenger (a.k.a. Windows Live Messenger) now. "
-- Salocin.TEN, Salocin.TEN

"The Paint.NET developers have put up the first release candidate build for the 3.0 release. This is a great application for image editing. It’s fast & reliable. And while it may not have all the super-professional features of Photoshop (eg. Pantone colours), it’s plenty powerful enough for the average home user and I’ve found it to be more than enough for web & application development work...This post is part of the O’Reilly Windows Developer Tools Day, celebrating the tools that make Windows developers lives easier. "
-- Glenn Slaven, Development on a Shoestring

"PureText is a utility with one purpose; it allows you to paste content from your clipboard as plain text. Before I had this utility, there were many times I would copy text from a web page or document and want to paste it into another application as plain text. And to do that, I would open up notepad, paste the text in and copy it back to the clipboard before I could paste it to the final destination. Yes, I know that sometimes there is an option to paste as plain text, but many times there is not."
-- Joe Wirtley, Joe Wirtley's Blog

"Forgot to mention that the latest book by James Avery and Jim Holmes Windows Developer Power Tools is now availible. It features some of the earlier contributions from our team on this list. AJAX Control Toolkit: The AJAX Control Toolkit is a joint project between the community and Microsoft. Built upon the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, the Toolkit aims to be the biggest and best collection of web-client components available. Pack Installer: The Pack Installer is a tool that will let you see the latest Power Toys for Visual Studio, and other great developer oriented tools. It allows you to easily mark any tool or set of tools for download and installation, and streamline the installation process. And a list of others... "
-- Josh Ledgard, Scooblog by Josh Ledgard

"I received an e-mail from O'Reilly about the launch of the book Windows Developer Power Tools written by James Avery and Jim Holmes. They also requested me to blog about some of the tools which I use for simplifying the development task daily. I love SourceFormatX and I use the shareware version for formatting codes posted by ASPAlliance authors. I am using it for over one year now and it works like a breeze. Some other products which attracted me a lot are as follows... "
-- Anand Narayanaswamy, I type what I feel

"If you've been following my blog or the blogs of my teammates (Josh, Sara, Jeremy, Bertan, or Kannan), you might be interested in the very latest about Power Toys and tools for Windows development. Don't you just wish you could take more information about power tools and curl up in front of a fireplace and read and read?...James Avery and Jim Holmes have collaborated with a slew of people responsible for the creation of all of these great tools and written a book: Windows Developer Power Tools. Using over 1,200 pages, the book covers the very best in Windows Development must-haves. Of course, we on the Developer Solutions team would like to think of our tools as must-haves, and sure enough, there are chapters on three of our first Power Toys—MSBee, Managed Stack Explorer, and the TFS Administration Tool."
-- Joe Morel, We > Me: Joe Morel's Blog

"Windows Developer Power Tools is a huge book... It is also a hot recommendation from me if you are a developer on Windows. I believe that I am fairly proficent in the tools department, author of some (Rhino Mocks is in the book! :-D ) and have used many. Nevertheless, this book had me muttering 'Oh, I gotta try that' in the first chapter. I am writing this post now on page 503, because I just had to stop when I realized how beautifuly NCoverExplorer can integrate into my builds. To say that it is packed is a major understatement, but I consider this a great thing indeed."
-- Oren Eini, Ayende @ Rahien

"In this books authors described the most important tools and libraries that must be used in work by each developer...I found this book really useful and rate is as 'must-read'. Strongly recommend to read."
-- Michael Nemtsev, Mike's Coding Den

"The book is very hands-on and is a great reference for anyone who wants to get quickly up to speed on the many choices of free tools out there. I can strongly recommend it - but please read the following disclaimer: The book also includes a chapter about NPersist (written by Roger and yours truly) as well as a chapter on ObjectMapper which they have somehow managed to figure out how it works for themselves. In fact, that they have managed to come to terms with ObjectMapper and describe how it works correctly even though the documentation is, ahem, sparse (ok, non-existent) goes a long way in my opinion towards demonstrating their talent for writing just this type of book. I’m hugely impressed."
-- Mats Helander, Mats Helander Weblog

"Windows Developer Power Tools by James Avery and Jim Holmes effectively points out nearly 170+ interesting tools along with relevant explanation regarding the usage of each one of them...Overall, I feel that the book is a good reference material for developers as it will surely benefit them someday."
-- Anand Narayanaswamy, ASPalliance

"Looking for the right tool for the job at hand is often an arduous process usually involving the comparison of similar tools and cost. It would be nice to have a reference to some of the most widely used tools available and an understanding of what makes the tool beneficial to you. This is where the Windows Developer Power Tools book can help enormously. Created by James Avery and Jim Holmes (both Microsoft MVPs with a wealth of experience), the book introduces you to over 170 tools that are either free to use or published under various open source licenses. Although the title of the book may suggest that it concentrates on Windows Development, don't be fooled, it contains many tools and components for ASP.NET developers plus tools that will help you document, debug and profile your applications...The book is extremely well laid out and offers good insights into the tools that you need to get your job done. The amount of time saved looking for the right tool and the information and instructions provided for each tool easily covers the cost of the book. If you like your toolbox to contain the best tools of the trade, then this book is definitely for you. "
-- David Jeavons, DevCity.NET

"Until reading this book, I did not realize how much productivity I stood to gain...When I first agreed to review this book I didn't know what I was really getting into. I expected a brief catalog of fairly standard, well-known tools which would only come as a surprise to fresh graduate. I expected I getting a small pocket-sized book which I could devour in one train ride. I could not have been more wrong. The book covers over 170 Open Source tools across a wide variety of development domains from Windows Forms and Web Development, to working with Databases and XML data. Each tool will in some way enhance your productivity in some way, allowing you to do the things your really enjoy about writing software on the Microsoft Windows platform. The productivity gains vary from being able to generate the tedious 80% of your project to those 5 second boosts which all add up and prevent RSI."
-- Michael Minutillo, Wolfbyte .NET

"What I found most pleasing about this book, is the consistency in which it presents each topic for you. The authors has gone to great length to make it a flawless experience in reading this book and even though many has contributed to the content, the layout is flawlessly simple. A very easy read and a bookshelf essential! "
-- Brian Madsen, .NET Powered by Caffeine



"...there is a boat load of tools available out there in the wild, and it's hard to decide which one could be useful for us, and this book does a great job at pointing us out to what's worth checking out."
--Claudio Lassala, Windows Live