Before you write this off as one of those ego posts that… no, it’s pretty much an ego post. I offer it in the chance that may be useful to somebody somewhere.
This is a list of the software / libraries I use for new projects.
- Visual Studio 2010
- ReSharper 5.1
- .NET 4.0
- ASP.NET MVC 2.0 - I use a number of open source libraries which haven’t yet updated to MVC 3.0 Beta
- Reflector - is it possible to survive without this?
- MongoDB - I’m a recent convert from SQL Server. The so-called NoSQL debate goes on, but for most web projects MongoDB makes a lot of sense.
- NoRM - .NET driver for MongoDB
- As mentioned above, ASP.NET MVC 2.0
- Spark view engine
- dotless - I’ll generally use this if I’m writing the CSS myself
- Microsoft Ajax Minifier - I use the MSBuild task at compile time (by the way, was there ever a worse name? It minifies JS and CSS, and really has nothing to do with AJAX)
- Dependency injection: Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF). I used to use Ninject, and still love it, but in most cases MEF is enough, and it’s built-in to .NET 4.0.
- DynamicImage - A not-well-known (so far) but excellent library from Sound in Theory which takes care of all image manipulation.
- NUnit - Don’t really need to say much about this one.
- I don’t use a coverage tool yet, but I’m a big fan of JetBrains, so I’ll probably check out dotCover soon.
- MSBuild script to build solution, run NUnit tests, and call msdeploy to sync with live (or staging, depending on the project) IIS website
- TeamCity running on build server to detect changes in source code repository and run MSBuild script