I use this #2

  Saturday, January 28, 2012 » windows Tools

I promised that there would be another post about my windows environment. I keep my word, so here you go.


This time I am keeping this part a little shorter. It’s a Core i7 Notebook from Fujitsu with 6 Gigs of RAM and a 128GB SDD. Not very beautiful, but it does the job.


The Chocolatey Stuff

I blogged earlier about chocolatey it is a package manager for windows that works fairly well and a great bunch of the tools I use are available as chocolatey package.


  • Sysinternals
  • Console2 Finally a command-line for windows that doesn’t suck (as much as the built-in). You can also integrate powershell, ipython and pycmd into it.
  • WinDirStat Gives you a nice overview on what is taking up your disk space.
  • grepWin grep with a GUI.
  • LockHunter If something locks some file so you can’t delete it, LockHunter will tell you which application claims the lock.
  • 7Zip
  • VirtualCloneDrive It is a miracle that Windows can’t mount a ISO file on its own.
  • FileZilla
  • PuTTY
  • UltraMon
  • RDCMan - to manage lots of RDP connections.
  • Papercut A very lightweight SMTP Server that you can run on your dev machine. (There is also smtp4dev - I am not sure which one is better).

Big Stuff

  • SharedView or join.me, TeamViewer, NetViewer, whatever it is.
  • VLC
  • VirtualBox

Version Control

  • msysgit
  • GitExtensions
  • TortoiseGit

Development Stuff

  • Python
  • Vim
  • Exuberant Ctags
  • LINQPad Probably the best solution around (until the Roslyn REPL is finally done) to get an interactive C# experience.
  • ILSpy .NET assembly decompiler.
  • AutoIT I hardly use it, but sometimes it is useful to automate some GUI stuff.
  • Fiddler Debugging HTTP Requests.

No Chocolatey

Development Tools

  • Visual Studio 2010 including various plug-ins (VsVim being the most important). Even if you don’t particularly like Microsoft, you have to admit that Visual Studio is a splendid IDE.
  • IPython A system without IPython feels kind of crippled to me.
  • SQL Management Studio with SqlComplete
  • SoapUI To quickly test a webservice. Although lately I have been using python with suds as I found it more convenient.
  • Eclipse with Infor BusinessStudio. For Infor ERP LN webservice development. Everything about it is serious and highly confidential (thats at least how Infor thinks about it) so I am not allowed to write about it in more detail.

The obvious

  • MS-Office including Outlook
  • Firefox including Pentadactyl
  • IE9

I almost forgot

  • Everything Indexes your harddrive, and does so a lot faster than the built-in search service.
  • Workrave It reminds me to take regular breaks.