My Essential .NET and Web Tools and Frameworks - 2016

This is routinely the post that brings the most traffic to this blog, so I thought I’d update it for 2016. All new items are bolded. Here is my (mostly) comprehensive list of tools I use for development, either at home or work.  It’s like Scott Hanselman’s, but focused almost purely on development, with a couple of extras.  While you’re at it, go check his out.  All opinions are my own and are not bought or sold. The Main Stuff Visual Studio – king of IDEs and the essential tool for .NET devs everywhere. Not much else…

My Essential .NET Dev Tools

ATTENTION! This post has been updated for 2016 - check it out here! Here is my (mostly) comprehensive list of tools I use for development, either at home or work.  It’s like Scott Hanselman’s, but focused almost purely on development, with a couple of extras.  While you’re at it, go check his out.  All opinions are my own and are not bought or sold. The Main Stuff Visual Studio – king of IDEs and the essential tool for .NET devs everywhere. Not much else to say except that it has a great starting toolset for any developer and…

Hey, Xamarin - the Indie developer needs Visual Studio, too

TL;DR – Xamarin should include Visual Studio support in their Indie subscription level OR at least add it on as a separate monthly cost. When designing pricing for subscription-based software technologies, oftentimes the best features are saved for the most expensive subscriptions, and rightly so – the developers have the right to profit off of their creation and create higher prices for features they might not normally support.  However, a killer feature can sometimes be priced higher than is reasonable for smaller shops or indie developers, leaving some feeling left out in the cold, and I believe Xamarin is finding itself…