Monday, 30 June 2008

Utility Programs, Tools, Add-Ins plus other stuff.

If your looking for a tool/utility list, this is a good place to start - Scott Hanselman's 2007 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows.

This is my list,

Utility Programs
  • Unlocker Assistant - When you try and delete something and you get the file locked message, the Unlocker Assistant will pop up, giving you the option to unlock the files and perform your delete. Download from here
  • DiffMerge -is an application to visually compare and merge files for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix. Download from here
    • If using DiffMerge with Subversion, the following settings can be used to 'Diff' and 'Merge'

      Diff Viewer
      C:\Program Files\SourceGear\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe /t1=%bname /t2=%yname %base %mine

      C:\Program Files\SourceGear\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe /m /r=%merged /t1=%yname /t2=%bname /t3=%tname /c=%mname %mine %base %theirs
  • AutoRuns - This utility shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login. Download from here.

  • BgInfo - is a little tool that displays a load of your system information as a bmp on your desktop. More information from here

  • Daemon Tools

  • Regular Expression Workbench
  • SqlScripter

  • pdf reader

  • Paint.Net

FireFox Add-Ins

  • Adblock Plus
  • ColorZilla
  • Bookmarks
  • Firebug
  • Snap Links
  • YSlow
Visual Studio Add-Ins/Registry Settings
  • GhostDoc
  • ReSharper
  • Consolas Font Pack for Visual Studio. Download from here. More information from here.
  • Line Character Length Indicator - More information from here.
    • Run one of these registry files,

      VS2005 .reg file

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Text Editor]
      "Guides"="RGB(128,0,0) 80, 120"

      VS2008 .reg file

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Text Editor]
      "Guides"="RGB(128,0,0) 80, 120"

Other Stuff
  • Add "Delete SVN Folders" to Windows Explorer Context Menu. More Information here.

    • Create a registry file with the following.

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


      @="Delete SVN Folders"

      @="cmd.exe /c \"TITLE Removing SVN Folders in %1 && COLOR 9A && FOR /r \"%1\" %%f IN (_svn) DO RD /s /q \"%%f\" \""

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