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Must have applications for development

I recently had to re-install ALL of the applications that I use at work when they gave me a new Windows 7 based computer, so I thought I would list out the apps that I HAVE to have to operate.

These are listed in no particular order:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express
  • Visual Studio 2012 – Didn’t really want to, but I had to for SSIS packages at work.
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Data Tools
  • Visual Studio Power Tools – Lots of helpful tools.
  • Jetbrains Resharper Ultimate– A GREAT suite of tools for developers.  I am so thankful that my work provides this for us.
  • Scooter Software’s Beyond Compare (V3)
  • Linqpad Pro
  • WinSCP for terminal sessions into a UNIX box
    Oracle Client
  • LastPass – For password management!
    TreeSize Pro – For space management, not as necessary on this machine because I have more space, but … it might be a good idea for me to keep it clean.  🙂
  • Snagit – The best screen capture out there.  If you want a free app, I used Greenshot before I got Snagit and it was pretty great also.
  • Notepad++ – a great free editor, but I am now playing with Brackets from Adobe.
  • Dual Monitor Taskbar – This great free app lets me have a task bar on my 2nd monitor.  It has a few bugs in it, but for the most part it is very helpful to have the running apps in a task bar on that 2nd monitor.
  • Microsoft Attunity Drivers for Oracle 2.0 – for those pesky Oracle SSIS projects.
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013 – I worked with Crystal Reports a LONG time ago and I used to like it very much, but there are so many better options for reports now.  I inherited a old project at work that uses this, so I had to have it, until we can re-write this application.
  • Logi Analytics – This is a charting and dash boarding tool that is pretty cool.  We are doing some pretty complicated things with it at my job.
  • Chrome – My go to browser.  It hosts some great plugins for me such as Feedly, Lastpass, and Advance Rest Client (for developing REST apps, but I see a LOT of people using Postman, so I will try that out next time.)  I also restored my shortcuts that I had backed up before I got my new machine.
    Internet Explorer Shortcuts and Favorites – Restored Short cuts that I had backed up.
  • UC4 – For  scheduling batch and nightly jobs here at work.
  • Ditto – a great free clipboard manager.  Somewhat better than ClipX that I have tried.

If you have seen something new, give them a try.