Some of My Favorite Tools 2017

We are nearing the end of February 2018 and I thought I would do something a little different.  Maybe not overly exciting but like most things I post I hope someone will find something useful.  Better yet maybe someone will leave a comment and I will find something useful.

My Favorite Tools From 2017

I am not going to make this about 2018 as it is too early.  I thought I would spend some time on my favorite developer related tools that I used a lot in 2017.  This will not be a review, just a list with maybe a few pros and cons.

Visual Studio 2017

VisualStudio80This jewel goes without saying.  As a full IDE I cannot think of one I like better.  I have tried Eclipse in the past.  A sneak peak for 2018 I plan to give IntelliJ a shot for some things.

There is only one thing I do not like about Visual Studio 2017.  It does not support Silverlight.  I know a lot of things do not support Silverlight.  At work we are in the process of moving a huge and import project from Silverlight, so it would be nice if Visual Studio 2017 supported it.  So for that one project I still use Visual Studio 2015.

Visual Studio Code

VSCode80This is a great and free light weight editor that works across platforms.  I find I like it a lot for those JavaScript and mainly front end projects.

SQL Server Management Studio

This is another one that goes without saying.  If you are using Microsoft SQL Server on your back end chances are you are using this already.


GitKraken80I find I use Git more and more for my personal projects.  I do have some in my TFS Online account.  At work most projects are Git, but some are still TFS.  I use GitKraken for my personal stuff and it is great!  I really wish we had a license at work instead of some other one that will remain nameless.  I have tried quite a few and GitKraken is my favorite with GitEye coming in second.

Of course if you want to truly master Git, the command line is the way to go.  I’m still stuck on GUIs myself.


cmder80Speaking of command lines.  I mainly use Windows machine.  I do have a Ubuntu box that I use for digitizing my vinyl and I plan to use for my photography soon, and I like its terminal interface.  I kept looking for something that gave me that same feel and was powerful.  I finally found Cmder.  It is a great tool, and with some modifications I have mine looking much like a terminal interface from Fallout.


Where would I be without SnagIt?  This is a great tool for taking screenshots, screen clippings, scrolling screens… It is a great image capture tool.

That is All for Now

That is all for now.  I purposely did not include browsers or browser plugins, I wanted to focus on the tools for this post.




About SheldonS

Web developer for over 15 years mainly with Microsoft technologies from classic ASP to .NET 4. Husband, father, and aspiring amateur photographer.

Posted on February 26, 2018, in Apps & Tools. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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