Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows Development with 170+ Free Tools

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Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code.

A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help ...

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Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools

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Overview

Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code.

A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help developers at every point in the development process. Windows Developer Power Tools offers an encyclopedic guide to more than 170 of these free tools to help developers build top-notch Windows software from desktop applications to web services.

To help you choose the right tools for solving both common and uncommon problems you face each day, this book follows a unique task-oriented organization, laying out topics in the same order that you and your team are likely to encounter them as you work on a project. Each tool entry features a solid introduction — a mini user's guide — so you can get up to speed quickly and understand how to best use the tool in your environment. Inside, you'll find:

  • A guide to more than 170 tools covering 24 unique aspects of Windows and .NET software development, with many descriptions contributed by the tools' authors
  • Descriptions of freely available ASP.NET and Windows Forms controls, object relational mapping systems, testing frameworks, and build and continuous integration tools
  • Articles on tools to help developers troubleshoot misbehaving applications
  • Guides for utilities to boost productivity in the development environment as well as speeding up tasks in Windows itself
  • "Quick pick" lists at the start of each chapter to help you find and choose the right tool for your task
  • "At a Glance" and "In a Nutshell" summaries to help readers more quickly narrow their options
  • References to an online book site to keep you up-to-date with new releases and features
  • Forewords by Mike Gunderloy (Larkware) and Scott Hanselman (http://www.hanselman.com/tools), operators of the two most popular tools sites for Microsoft developers.

Also, plenty of links in each article point you to additional detail online if you wish to delve more deeply into features and functionality. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning, developing, testing, and rolling out great software. Best of all, they're free.

A wealth of open and free software is available today for Windows developers who want to extend the development environment, reduce development effort, and increase productivity. This encyclopedic guide explores more than 100 free and open source tools available to programmers who build applications for Windows desktops and servers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527549
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1312
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 2.04 (d)

Meet the Author

James Avery, a solution architect working with Microsoft technologies, has been working with .NET since its second beta release. He's written articles for "MSDN Magazine", "ASP Today", and is a frequent blogger. Also, James is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, and author of "Visual Studio Hacks" (O'Reilly).

Jim Holmes, a Microsoft MVP, has nearly 25 years experience in the IT industry, including network management, systems analysis, and software development in Perl, Java, C++, and .NET. He's the founder of the Dayton .NET Developers Group and co-founder of the Dayton-Cincinnati Code Camp. He has written extensively for VisualStudioHacks.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Credits

Preface

Writing Code

Chapter 1: Building ASP.NET Applications

Chapter 2: Working with Windows Forms

Chapter 3: Developing in .NET 3.0 (a.k.a. “WinFx”)

Chapter 4: Working with Code Libraries

Chapter 5: Generating Code

Chapter 6: Writing Code

Chapter 7: Creating Documentation

Chapter 8: Enhancing Visual Studio

Checking Code

Chapter 9: Analyzing Your Code

Chapter 10: Testing Your Software

Writing Code

Chapter 11: Working with Source-Control Systems

Chapter 12: Building, Using Continuous Integration on, and Deploying Your Applications

Chapter 13: Boosting Team Collaboration

Chapter 14: Tracking Bugs, Changes, and Other Issues

Troubleshooting Code and Applications

Chapter 15: Troubleshooting and Debugging

Chapter 16: Using Decompilers and Obfuscators

Code Tools

Chapter 17: Tightening Up Your Security

Chapter 18: Building Your Application on Frameworks

Chapter 19: Working with XML

Working with Databases

Chapter 20: Interacting with Databases

Chapter 21: Exploring Object/Relational Mapping

Miscellaneous

Chapter 22: Enhancing Web Development

Chapter 23: Boosting Productivity with Windows Utilities

Appendix

Common Tasks in Visual Studio

Colophon

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