.NET Developments

Jan 18 2008   9:01AM GMT

Tools for the .NET Developer redux

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

 “.NET developers cannot live on Visual Studio alone.” Thus we introduced our All-in-One Buying Guide: Tools for the .NET Developer to the world last summer.

We bring it up again for a couple reasons. First, we’re pretty darn proud of that line and embrace any excuse to recycle it. Second, and more important, we’ve been updating it regularly (every month, in fact), and it now offers information on more than 200 products.

Those monthly updates go by the equally clever title of Windows Developments. (When you’re hot, you’re hot.) The most recent version is here, and it includes products and plug-ins like Rhino Mocks, Oracle Data Access Components and OnTime 2008.

However, we are more proud of the All-in-One Buying Guide. For starters, as we said, it’s a big honkin’ list. In addition, it is divided into eight topics — or genres, for the literati in the crowd — so you can peruse product listings that are specifically tailored to your needs. Finally, with the official Visual Studio 2008 marketing launch coming up, we expect that Tools for the .NET Developer will start to fill with plenty of new components, debuggers and general tools that are compatible with VS 2008.

So go check out the All-in-One Buying Guide: Tools for the .NET Developer and let us know what you think. Are there any categories missing? Are some of the existing categories too vague? Heck, are there any products missing? (We should point out that we’ve only recently shed the “products” label and are now including some key open-source tools, so that explains some omissions — but by all means point those out to us.)

Thanks, as always, for the input.

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