It was finally time to re-pave my machine which had been getting a bit sluggish of late. I started off with Peter’s machine repave post and created my own backlog of things I install. A while back a blogged about tools for personal coding projects which proved pretty popular. I thought I’d follow it up with another one about the some of the other tools I use both at work and for projects at home. So you could consider this “Tools for personal coding projects – part 2″
After installing the OS and drivers and running Windows Update I work off the following install backlog:
Enough to get started writing code.
I’d also be running Resharper but isn’t not released for 2008 yet (boo!). If you don’t want to spend money on BeyondCompare then SourceGear Diffmerge is a good free tool. I lurve those SourceGear guys.
For an improved unit testing experience I’m using:
These are all xcopy installable so I just copy them back from my backed up data:
There’s a bunch of other SysInternals tools that you might want to look at depending on your needs.
Other stuff I use regularly:
When I’m finally done I run Windows Update again to make sure I have all the latest patches.