Labels Placements on Forms – Which to use and when
2008 July edition.
FireFox 3 – Extensions have made this my main browser
FireBug – The best toolkit for any web developer out there.
Web Developer Toolkit – I uses this less and less with Firebug getting the job done 90% of the time.
Better Gmail – Makes gmail go over a SSL connection and also replaces attachment images with a nice icon representation. ColorZilla – A great tool to quickly find the HEX value of anything on any web page.
Visual Studio 2008 – Visual Studio is still the standard for IDE’s. Of course it could always be faster but it is really nice.
Resharper – Love rescharper, cleans my code as I type.
iTunes – I use iTunes to manage my podcast listening list. It does a great job at that.
Microsoft SQL Server – Most .NET projects connect to this so it’s a good idea to have a local copy running
Management Studio – At first I wasn’t a Management Studio fan, give me back the 2000 version of Enterprise Manager and Query Editer. Nevermind. Management Studio is double sweet for the price of one.
Office 2007 – The biggest upgrade in Microsoft’s office line in some time. The ribbon bar is nice and I love how they brought really useful features to the forefront.
mRemote – Where would I be with out this terminal services manager.
Notepad++ – My texteditior and most of the time PHP ide of choice. Fast, simple, customizable, a few nice plugins.
Witty Twitter Client – Definitely the best looking Twitter client. Witty is WPF and WPF done nice.
Windows Live Writer – Who knew Microsoft could put out a nice Web 2.0 , errrr, Windows client. Writing this post in Live writer as we speak…
Fireworks – I guess the new photoshop has most of these features, so that will work too.
Blackberry Manager – For upgrading your firmware on your crackberry and other crackberry tasks.
WinSCP – A free opensource SFTP manager for when you have to work on the nix machines.
FileZilla – Free, open source, clean, simple FTP client.
SlickEdit – A nicer version of notepad++
Navicat – My preferred mysql manager of choice, although their query interface needs improvement.
7Zip – Can handle tar, zip, gz, and other compressed formats, free too.
CodeIgniter – Loving this PHP MVC framework. Simpler then cakePHP. I’m building a little something, something in this, more to come on that front.
CCleaner – Free PC crap cleaner.
IE Tester – A must for web developers. Test against IE 5 and up all on the same machine.
Surround SCM – Of course my version control software of choice. Cross platform, really nice GUI, intuitive interface. Plus integrates on almost all IDEs.
TestTrack Pro – Our bug tracking software. Great workflow engine.
QA Wizard Pro – Automated testing tool.
Foxit – PDF reader software. Runs so much smaller then Adobe.
FreeRam XP Pro – RAM manager
Process Explorer – Free microsoft add on, this should replace task manager.
SlickRun – Launcher program
sad pathetic. My blog now consist of daily find posts and nothing else lately. All my good ideas go on twitter and are contained in 140 characters.
Top 100 Web Celebrities – Imagine, I didn’t make the list, maybe next year
ASP.NET MVC Preview 4 Release – I actually took some time to learn PHP Code Igniter MVC to get a better handle on MVC then work with Microsoft’s beta stuff.
CakePHP Debug Styles – Although I prefer Code Igniter, CakePHP is really starting to take off.
Windows Vista Compatiblity Center beta – Ah, they needed this, oh say, 1.5 years ago…
Cleveland Caravan to devLink Bus… – Wish I could go but I have vacation the next week, too much time off
Software Millionaire missing in Hawaii – These things never end well
Tackling Scalability Issues – Video of Cuong Do, founder of YouTube talking about their issues
C# twitter library – using it on a project I am working on
BuiltWith.com – Punch in a URL and it will tell you what technology the site is built with.
Microsoft has no worries about losing developers to Google. Have you ever dealt with Google? They have poor customer service, their API’s documentation is all over the place and they consider everything “beta” so that’s the excuse you’ll end up hearing. On a positive note, I’ve been nicotine free for 5 days now! Downside is I’m grumpy and more opinionated then usual, so much so I’m thinking over spinning up a new political blog.
Desktop 360 goes beta – Looking at this right now
Google Talk for iPhone released – Had this for a long time with the crackberry, but do they get AIM integration?
ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap published – I would love to see them drop the asp.net ajax engine and turn onto jquery…
Blackberry Thunder – Now that is what I’m talking about, probably just in the nix of time too, but I’ll wait for v2 anyway’s.
Build Ajax Apps with Ext JS – A walk thru of Ext JS.