Oct 8, 2012

A Great List of Windows Tools

Windows is an extremely effective and a an efficient operating system. Like any other operating system windows too needs a good set of development tools which are extremely necessary for the operating system. Every developer needs to have information about these tools and needs to know these tools in details so that he can easily excel in his work as a developer.

There is a huge set of development tools for windows and each of these tools have a different function or purpose to solve for the developer and each and every one of them is equally necessary and effective too. Most of these tools are absolutely free and open source so the developers can easily use them without any barriers and do not have to pay heavy prices to buy these tools.

There are some very important functions that these tools can perform such as they help the developer to keep the desktop organised at all times and the tools help them to achieve this and keep their desktop organised effectively. They can also help in insuring that all the icons on the desktop that are not being used are hidden which is an extra step towards keeping the desktop very clean.

These tools are divided in various categories according to the needs of the developers so that he does not have a tough time looking for the required tools when he needs them. He can very easily find them in the category he is looking for.


Speed Download Managers for Windows


1) Open Source – Sharp Develop 

SharpDevelop is a free IDE for C#, VB.NET and Boo projects on Microsoft’s .NET platform. It is open-source, and you can download both sourcecode and executables from this site.

2) Storm Codeplex

STORM is a free and open source tool for testing web services.

STORM allows you to
1. Test web services written using any technology (.NET , Java, etc.)
2. Dynamically invoke web service methods even those that have input parameters of complex data types
3. Save development time and money. Creating throw-away test client apps just to test the web service is just too wasteful
4. Test multiple web services from within one UI.
5. Edit/Manipulate the raw soap requests.
6 Others (Try out the tool and find out yourself!)

3) Cruise Control 

CruiseControl is both a continuous integration tool and an extensible framework for creating a custom continuous build process. It includes dozens of plugins for a variety of source controls, build technologies, and notifications schemes including email and instant messaging.

4) CoffeeScript-Compiler-for-Windows

Using this tool developers can compile CoffeeScript files on Windows. Called CoffeScript Compiler for Windows.

5) Silver Light Spy

Silverlight Spy is a runtime inspector tool providing unprecedented access to all aspects of any Silverlight in-browser, out-of-browser and Windows Phone 7 application

6) Nuget

NuGet is a Visual Studio 2010 extension that makes it easy to add, remove, and update libraries and tools in Visual Studio projects that use the .NET Framework. This topic lists documentation that will help you use NuGet packages and create your own.

7) Style cop

StyleCop analyzes C# source code to enforce a set of style and consistency rules. It can be run from inside of Visual Studio or integrated into an MSBuild project. StyleCop has also been integrated into many third-party development tools

8) Codeinject

CInject (or CodeInject) allows code injection into any managed assembly without disassembling and recompiling it. It eases the inevitable task of injecting any code in single or multiple methods in one or many assemblies to intercept code for almost any purpose.


9) Webmatrix

WebMatrix is a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple and best of all free. Developing websites has never been easier.

10) Visual Studio Express

Visual Studio 2010 Express is a set of free, entry-level products with streamlined interfaces and core capabilities that help you create applications for a single platform. The opportunities presented to developers by Microsoft platforms have never been greater. Pick your platform, download your tool, and get started.

11) notepad plus

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment

12) decompiler

JustDecompile is a new, free developer productivity tool for easy .NET assembly browsing and decompiling. JustDecompile builds on Telerik’s years of experience in code analysis and developer productivity tools. JustDecompile lets you effortlessly explore and analyze compiled .NET assemblies, decompiling code with the simple click of a button.

13) fiddler

Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.

14) filezilla

FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge.

15) linqpad

LINQPad is more than a LINQ tool: it’s an ergonomic C#/VB/F# scratchpad that instantly executes any expression, statement block or program with rich output formatting – the ultimate in dynamic development. Put an end to those hundreds of Visual Studio Console projects cluttering your source folder!

16) soapui

soapUI is the world leading Open Source Functional Testing Tool, mainly it is used for Web Service Testing. SoapUI supports multiple protocols such as SOAP, REST, HTTP, JMS, AMF and JDBC. soapUI enables you to create advanced Performance Tests very quickly and run Automated Functional Tests

17) ncrunch

NCrunch is an automated parallel continuous testing tool for Visual Studio .NET. It intelligently takes responsibility for running automated tests so that you don’t have to, and it gives you a huge amount of useful information about your tests (such as code coverage and performance metrics) inline in your IDE while you work.

18) kdiff3


19) sublimetext


Microsoft .Net Development Tools

1) Shareware

2) connect fusion

ConnectFusion is well known around the world for its innovative internet software tools. This includes download accelerator, web spider and email extractor software. Its products are extremely feature rich, powerful and easy to use.

3) Download Accelerator Plus

DAP provides powerful acceleration and the most complete set of download tools available. With DAP 9.7 downloading is smoother, more responsive, and faster than ever.

4) Download Accelerator Manager (DAM)

Download Accelerator Manager (DAM) empowers you to download Internet files and save Web videos, music and more, from sites like YouTube, easily with the fastest speed. Download Accelerator Manager is a perfect tool to capture and download Web media for Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer browsers. DAM lets you increase download speeds, resume, schedule, and manage downloads.

5) Download Optimizer & Manager 

Download Boost is a special utility designed to help you manage and boost the speed of your downloads. This tool has advanced features of the 3rd generation of download manager software, such as pause and resume broken downloads, boost the speed of downloads with multiple connections (up to 8 connections) for one file, download scheduling, and many more.

6) Download Express

MetaProducts Download Express is a Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 program that allows you to download individual files from the Web and FTP sites at the maximum possible speed.

7) Download Studio

DownloadStudio is the award-winning, high performance download manager that lets you get everything on the web! It lets you download programs, games, flash video, music, movies, TV shows, photos, streaming audio, streaming video, documents, RSS feeds, blogs, podcasts, complete web sites, complete FTP sites and much more!

8 ) Free Download Accelerator

Though this download manager is free, using it will cost you. Free Download Accelerator does help speed up multiple-program downloads, but the program design and lack of features make it a middling choice among many other freeware options.

9) Download Commander

Download Commander is a program which allows you to download files from the internet by using the http protocol. It is possible to download only one file, but the strength of the program lies in the fact that it enables the user to select more than one file to download from a single internet page. The files are queued and downloaded one after the other.

10) File Rain

11) Flash Get

12) Fresh Download

Fresh Download is an easy-to-use and very fast download manager that turbo charges downloading files from the Internet, such as your favorite freeware and shareware, mp3 files, movie files, picture collections, etc.

13) Free-Download-Accelerator

Though this download manager is free, using it will cost you. Free Download Accelerator does help speed up multiple-program downloads, but the program design and lack of features make it a middling choice among many other freeware options.

14) Get Right

15) Get go Soft

GetGo Download Manager is the Best FREE Internet Download Manager with strong YouTube Download support as well as tons ofDownload Management features. It is being actively developed and updated frequently.

16) Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader, leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster.

17) Net Transport

“Net Transport” (also called NetTransport or NetXfer) is a faster, exciting and the most powerful downloading manager that you ever saw, now supports the most pop Internet protocols, including:

FTP / over SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) / over SSH (Secure Shell)
MMS (Microsoft Media Services)
RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol)
RTMP / RTMPE / RTMPT (Real Time Messaging Protocol)

18) Mass Downloader

MetaProducts Mass Downloader is a Windows download manager application that makes it easy to download video/audio streams and files from Internet sites at the maximum available speed. Download resume is supported. Multiple channels technology significantly reduces download time.

Other Useful Windows Tools

1) Gimp

2) Virtual Box

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

3) Get Paint

4) Hyper Cam

HyperCam captures the action from your Windows  screen and saves it to AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved) movie file. Sound from your system microphone is also recorded.

5) Pure Text

The easiest way to use PureText is to simply use its hot-key to paste text instead of using the standard CTRL+V hot-key that is built into most Windows applications.  To configure PureText, right-click on its tray icon and choose “Options” from the pop-up menu.


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