Recommended Utility Programs
Although Visual Studio 2008 is a highly versatile programming
environment, it won't necessarily do everything you might need. On
this page I'll recommend popular, useful utility programs you can
add to your repertoire (free, unless otherwise stated).
- SharpDevelop - a free, open-source Visual Studio work-alike
program. It's always a bit behind the latest release of Visual Studio, but it's free and
it can do pretty much anything Visual Studio can -- something that the also free Visual C#
2008 Express edition can't.
- NUnit - a free, open-source unit testing program. Not all
editions of Visual Studio provide unit testing facilities. But you can still use NUnit to
test your classes and methods. (You can find introductory information on unit testing on
this site.) SharpDevelop beats out Visual C# 2008 Express in this
important area by providing unit testing -- using NUnit.
- TestDriven.NET - a program that puts unit testing right inside
Visual Studio. This helps with Visual Studio 2008 Standard edition, though not with
Visual C# 2008 Express edition. An excellent program that lets you run your unit tests inside
Visual Studio rather than outside as with NUnit.
(Comes in free and professional editions.)
- Lutz Roeder's .NET Reflector - a program that lets you examine
the Common Intermediate Language (IL) code that the C# compiler generates from your
C# source code. A bit advanced for some For Dummies readers, perhaps, but fascinating and
I'll add more items to this list later.
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