A List of Tool and Sites We Like To Use

One question the team gets asked a lot is “What tools/sites do you use to get things done in the labs?” Well, the answer varies from person to person, and I know there are a lot of lists available, but I figured one more list is not a bad thing. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is one that we can quickly give to customers. Maybe you will find some useful information here yourself.

I’d also like to point out that we often get asked for “that one tool that will just solve my issues” Regrettably, you will not find that tool in this list, because… I haven’t written it yet. Nor has anyone else. In our world, we need to apply a full toolset and a lot of work. We use tools to make the work easier, but do not expect them to solve everything. There’s always one more tool that could be useful. That is why these lists are so important to us.

Perf Tools
PerfView: performance-analysis tool that helps isolate CPU and memory-related performance issues http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28567
Performance Analysis of Logs: analyzes perfmon logs and generates reports on issues http://pal.codeplex.com/
SysInternals: All kinds of system utilities can be found here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sysinternals
Debugging Tools for Windows: The core debug toolset from Microsoft for debugging outside of Visual Studio http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463009.aspx
Psscor4: Managed-Code Debugging Extension for WinDbg http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21255
Debug Diagnostic Tool: Tool for automatically generating and analyzing dumps http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26798
CLR Profiler for .NET Framework 4http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16273
NP Profiler: NP .NET Profiler – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35370
Visual Round Trip Analyzer: Analyzes the entire web page trip for perf items http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21462
Log Parser 2.2: Powerful and fast parsing of all kinds of logs http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24659
LinqPad: http://www.linqpad.net/
ReguLazy: regex syntax helper http://osherove.com/storage/tools/Regulazy.103.zip – main site: http://osherove.com/tools/
Notepad++: Free text editor with syntax highlighting, plugins, etc. very fast and powerful http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
BareTail: real-time file viewer with syntax highlighting http://baremetalsoft.com/baretail/
Text Crawler: multi-file search/replace/extract/process/etc. http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/content/textcrawler

• Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide: http://vsptqrg.codeplex.com/
• Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11711
• WCF Service Trace Viewer for Troubleshooting: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa751795.aspx
• Biztalk Server Performance Optimization Guide: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc558617(BTS.10).aspx

• Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate tool list: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottHanselmans2011UltimateDeveloperAndPowerUsersToolListForWindows.aspx
• SoftwareQaTest list of tools (very comprehensive): http://www.softwareqatest.com/qatweb1.html?keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=500&width=750

• Load Test Analyzer Overview (very in-depth about Visual Studio results) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms404677.aspx• Mark Russinovich’s Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/
• Clint Huffman’s Windows Performance Analysis Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/clinth/
• Mike Lagase’s Exchange Performance Analysis Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mikelag/archive/2008/08/20/performance-troubleshooting-using-the-pal-tool.aspx
• Get a Handle on Windows Performance Analysis: http://windowsitpro.com/Windows/Articles/ArticleID/101162/pg/2/2.html
• If broken it is, fix it you should: Very good in depth debug training and info http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tess/
• Write Faster Code with VS 2010 Profiler: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/profiler/archive/2009/06/10/write-faster-code-with-vs-2010-profiler.aspx

Channel 9
• Great Site for all kinds of programming and debugging videos: https://channel9.msdn.com/

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