Can you imagine Picasso trying to create his beautiful paintings without the brushes or the paints? Or Michelangelo for that matter trying to sculpt without his chisels? I’m guessing this is pretty hard to imagine. Likewise, right tools are equally important for any web developer trying to build an enterprise level web application.
In this blog, we take you through a list of the best tools & technologies that you can use for building web applications based on Microsoft Technologies (.NET).
Best Tools for .NET Developers
- Microsoft Web Platform Installer
- Web Essentials for Visual Studio
- Visual Studio Gallery
- .NET Reflector
- SQL Complete
- GitHub Extension for Visual Studio
Web Platform Installer
Simply put, this free tool makes it extremely convenient for developers to download, install and stay up-to-date with the latest components on the Microsoft Web Platform - such as the SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and the Visual Studio.
The Web Platform Installer also provides a defined installation workflow for installing open source applications and technologies for web platform. This tool with its built-in windows web application gallery also makes it extremely convenient and simple to run the most popular free web applications for blogging, content management and more.
Web Essentials - A Visual Studio extension
Initially, NuGet started as a free and open source package manager solely intended for the Microsoft development platform. Today, NuGet has evolved into a comprehensive ecosystem of tools and services. The NuGet client tools allows you to consume packages. This tool also outlines how packages are produced, hosted and expended. Moreover, it also provides the tools for these roles.
Chocolatey is a tool especially designed and developed for the Windows NT platform. It is a machine-level software package manager and an execution engine that uses the NuGet packaging infrastructure and the Windows PowerShell to provide an automation tool for installing the software in Windows machines and aim at simplifying the process for the user.
LINQPad is the tool that sanctions testing LINQ queries or any C#/F#/Visual Basic program. LINQPad is a platform for prototyping & instant feedback. It is the perfect tool that comes with built-in features like the debugger and autocomplete. It also helps manage the clutter in the source code folder in the Visual Studio Console. It is an essential tool for experimenting with LINQ and testing code snippets before they are introduced into your code.
.NET Reflector acts as a decompiler and a static analyzer for the .NET framework. It helps you comprehend and debug the .NET code. It allows you to also do it for third party components even if you don’t have any documentation or comments.
NDepend is a Visual Studio extension that is mainly used for static code analysis. NDepend is especially useful as far as optimization of code and measuring the code quality is concerned. It also comes handy while visualizing its design and for accurately estimating the technical depth, inside the IDE. Additionally, the tool provides a custom querying language for examining the application’s coupling and analyzing how efficiently confirm to standards.
Basically, SQLComplete is a productivity tool that augments the SQL Server Management Studio by adding useful features such as tab coloring, script generation, navigation, etc. This completely customizable tool, not just improves the code quality but also simplifies the process of creating SQL queries with Context-based code completion, Code completion for CTE, Managing aliases, Suggestions of objects, Code highlighting and more.
The ReSharper tool provides features that focus on code quality analysis. The Resharper tool not only identifies the problems in code, but also solves them automatically. The automated solution-wide code refactoring helps in changing the code base. This tool is extremely helping in uplifting the legacy code or even the project structure.