Here are tools I use on a regular basis. They have attributes I find essential:
- They are free.
- They do one thing and they do it well.
XPathBuilder: Dynamically searches XML: Bubba Soft
Expresso: Design and test regular expressions before you compile: Ultrapico
WinMerge: Compares files and directories: WinMerge
While these tools are great, they can really add to your productivity when you integrate them into Visual Studio. When you right click a file in the solution and use "Open With…" You can add these tools to the list of applications:
I hope you find this useful.