16 Feb 2014

My Development Tools

These are the tools I use daily...

IDE Tools


Visual Studio IDE

2013 – the latest and greatest, if you are a .net coder then this is the IDE you use.

Visual Studio Extensions


Great for cleaning up code to avoid StyleCop warnings.

Web essentials

Extends Visual Studio with a lot of new features that web developers have been missing for many years.
TsLint is one I use a lot.


analyzes C# source code to enforce a set of style and consistency rules. It can be run from within Visual Studio or integrated into an MSBuild project.

Database Tools


PL/SQL Developer

for oracle package coding, debugging, profiling, querying.

Sql Management studio 2012

for ms sql stored procedure coding & querying.

Other Tools



a great MDI notepad.

Agent Ransack

Finding files and their contents on your hard drives.



is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows.


is a HTTP debugging proxy server application written by Eric Lawrence. It captures HTTP and HTTPS traffic and logs it for the user to review.
It can also be used to modify ("fiddle") with HTTP traffic for troubleshooting purposes as it is being sent or received. Any browser or web application can be configured to route its traffic through Fiddler.

Great for debugging your WCF services.

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About Me

My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20, I had great fun trying to code text adventures and side scrolling shoot ‘em ups in BASIC. This helped me lead the way as the first in my school to pass a computer exam.

Currently I work as a Senior Software Engineer in Bedford for a FTSE 100 Company. Coding daily in C#, JavaScript and SQL. Outside of work I work on whatever is interesting me at that time.