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    Mohammad Ashraful Alam is a Software Engineer, who is dedicated to Microsoft .NET based development. This Bangladeshi national is involved with project management and development of several US based software projects from his country. Already he has managed and developed several software projects, which are being used by several users of different countries, such as USA, Canada, Australia, and Bangladesh. While developing and managing a team, he contains and maintains a set of well defined engineering practices developed by him and other online developer community. Beside software development, he has also written several technical articles and research papers published by IEEE Computer Society and many other worlds recognized publishers. When not engaged with technical stuffs, he likes to pass time with his friends, and family members, listens music or watches TV.

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10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008

In my last post, titled "10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008",  I have included a list of 10 tools which I am not using currently, as I have the corresponding features available in Visual Studio Team System 2008. However, on the other hand, I am still using few tools even I have VSTS 2008!

Here are 10 of among them..

1. Code Smith: An excellent template based code generator.


2. Crystal FTP: Excellent FTP client tool.


3. Total Validator: One of the most powerful tool that I ever seen, which includes very nice feature to validate web standards. 

4. Diff Marge: A tool that enables us to investigate and/or synchronize the difference between two files or folders.


5. Design Pattern Automation Toolkit: An excellent open source tool, by which we can automate and generate source code with respect to established design patterns.


6. Office Visio 2007: Although Visual Studio has support for diagramming, however Office Visio 2007 is still # 1 choice for me, with respect to analyzing, modeling, designing the application system on which I am working on. It contains a wide range of support of notation, including UML, Enterprise Application, Prototyping. 


7. Copy Source As HTML: Bloogers like me, always needs to copy own source code from Visual Studio IDE, to be posted. This tool serves me this purpose.

8. Spell Checker: Its really a nice thing, if my code don't have any spell mistakes, which can occur frequently. Wonderful tool to help developers!

9. SysInternalSuite: A nice system spy tool for developers and system admin. It contains lots of useful tools, to investigate the system with respect to the current execution of your application.

10. Employee Info Starter Kit: An excellent ASP.NET starter kit, which includes most of the web and coding best practices. Helps web developers to reduce start-up preparation time for web application.

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Published Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:41 PM by joycsharp


# re: 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008@ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:50 AM

Interesting Post... Thanks

by galib

# re: 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008@ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:33 PM

Microsoft Database Publishing Wizard: It's there, in Server Explorer, right click existing database connection, Publish to Provider...

# re: 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008@ Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:06 PM

Good list but one small correction about Visual Studio not having a templating engine.  Visual Studio 2008 does include T4 (had to install the SDK to get it with 2005), which might not be as good as CodeSmith but it is a templating engine.

# re: 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008@ Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:10 AM

@ Erik Ejlskov Jensen

Thanks a lot for your input!

# re: 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008@ Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:32 AM

@ Darren Stokes

Thanks for the valuable input. Lets wish T-4 will be that much better than CodeSmith!

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