My .NET Development Must-have Tool List

While installing my new development VM running Windows 7 Beta on my MacBook Pro via VM Ware Fusion, I just wrote a list of the tools I installed.

For daily use


  • JetBrains dotTrace, ~ $500, Great Performance and Memory Profiler
  • nCover, from ~ $300, Code Coverage Tool for Test and Live Coverage
  • NDepend, ~ $400, Static Code Analysis for Quality
  • TD.Net, Free Personal Edition, Test-Runner with NCover support

For more tools have a look at Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

kick it on


8 thoughts on “My .NET Development Must-have Tool List

  1. Hi Lars,

    How stable was Windows 7 on the Macbook with VM Fusion? Did it install all the required device drivers?


  2. Hi,

    I don’t know exactly what you meant. If you rename a versioned file, it behaves exactly like the svn-commandline-tools:
    1. Marks original as Deleted
    2. Adds new file
    3. Adds svn:mergeinfo-Property to the new file.
    4. Sends these modifications on commit.


  3. Hi Lars,

    Great list, thanks for putting it together.

    I see you like StyleCop and FxCop, have you tried CodeIt.Right as an alternative? If so, I’d be interested to know what you think?

    Thank you!

  4. Thanks, Lars. Let me know if I can be of any help.

    I know it’s hard to offer a better price than “free”, although quite often the free in the end of the day is more expensive what’s not free. Just my view on it…

    First and foremost what CodeIt.Right has to offer is automatic code refactoring (not just your basic rename but also proper implementation of code patterns)

    But here are major differentiating features:
    – automatic code refactoring (sorry for repeating this one)
    – configurable rules and multiple profiles – no “one size fits all” scenario
    – better Visual Studio integration including safe multi-project Undo/Redo
    – easier means to exclude specific code from analysis
    – pivot view (the “health” of the project)
    – generate team coding guidelines document template based on a profile
    – numerous ways of dealing with the “noise” – excludes, profiles, severity threshold, etc

    The bottom line is it helps to save time getting the code to be compliant and secure. And the tool itself is quite a bit easier to use 🙂

    There is a nice overview of all three – FxCop, StyleCop and CodeIt.Right – in Dec ’08 MSDN Magazine Toolbox column –


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