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The Ultimate List of C# Tools: IDEs, Profilers, Automation Tools, and More (Part 2)

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The Ultimate List of C# Tools: IDEs, Profilers, Automation Tools, and More (Part 2)

Welcome back to the ultimate list of C# tools. If you're tired of using the same C# development tools, this compilation should give you an of what is out there.

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Here, we’ve gathered together the second half of our list of the biggest players in the C# development space.

23. FinalBuilder

@FinalBuilder

FinalBuilder

FinalBuilder is a great commercial option for a build automation tool. With FinalBuilder, you don’t need to edit XML or write scripts to automate your build process.

Key Features:

  • Makes builds easy by including visual debugging.
  • Visually define and debug your build scripts.
  • Schedule scripts with Windows scheduler.
  • Integrates with Continua CI, Jenkins, or any other CI Server.

24. SemanticMerge

@semanticmerge

SemanticMerge

SemanticMerge understands your code and is designed to handle code that has been moved or modified, making it a powerful tool for team collaboration.

Key Features:

  • Enables collaboration and a distributed approach to development.
  • Starts with structural merge, and then moves to more specific text-based merge when conflicts occur.
  • Merges based on structure rather than location.
  • Deals with language-specific conflicts.
  • Avoids incorrectly identified automatic merges.
  • Maintain cleaner code and understand changes.

Version Control

25. Git

Git

Git really needs no introduction. It’s a free, open-source version control system – and the most popular version control system used today.

Key Features:

  • Modern version control tool for today’s geographically distributed teams.
  • Includes strong defaults for conflict resolution, auto recovery, and more.
  • Cheap local branching.
  • Convenient staging areas.
  • Multiple workflows.

26. Team Foundation Version Control

@VisualStudio

Team Foundation Version Control

TF Version Control is Microsoft’s alternative to Git, and it’s well-integrated into Visual Studio. It’s enterprise-ready, so it’s a good choice for teams of any size working with VS projects.

Key Features:

  • Leverages Visual Studio features to provide a native experience.
  • Tracks code changes across branches.
  • Provides feedback before code is checked in.
  • Integrates with the most popular tools for CI and build automation.

27. BitBucket

@Bitbucket

Bitbucket

BitBucket is Jira’s alternative to Git and is also a capable version control tool – “the only collaborative Git solution that massively scales.”

Key Features:

  • Collaborate faster with inline commenting options.
  • Host it yourself as the code is open sourced, or let Jira manage it for you.
  • Pull requests allow for more efficient code review approvals.
  • Uninterrupted access with BitBucket Data Center.
  • Unlimited private repositories.

28. SourceTree

@sourcetree

SourceTree

SourceTree is another Jira offering, a free Git client for Windows and Mac, with a simple Git GUI for managing your repositories.

Key Features:

  • Supports Windows and Mac.
  • Visually interact with your repositories.
  • Simplified distributed version control.
  • Simple enough for beginners; powerful enough for experts.

Testing Tools & VS Extensions

29. LINQPad

@linqpad

LinqPad

A tool to instantly test code snippets in C#, F#, and VB, LINQPad lets you query databases interactively.

Key Features:

  • Has its own query language – LINQ, which is a powerful way to query databases quickly.
  • Great for learning C# as it gives you many of the features of an IDE without the bloat.
  • Query databases in LINQ (or SQL) — SQL/CE/Azure, Oracle, SQLite, and MySQL.
  • Rich output formatting.
  • Script and automate in your preferred .NET language.

30. Selenium

@SeleniumHQ

SeleniumHQ

Selenium is one of the most popular testing tools available today. It automates web browsers so you can run tests at scale and with precision.

Key Features:

  • Automate boring web-based administration tasks.
  • Create robust regression automation suites and tests.
  • Scale and distribute scripts across environments.
  • Build your own Selenium server or use a vendor-provided hosted option.

31. ReSharper

@resharper

Resharper

ReSharper, created by JetBrains, is a Visual Studio extension for .NET developers. Use it to analyze code quality on the fly, eliminate errors, safely change the code base, and more.

Key Features:

  • Provides on-the-fly code analysis.
  • Quick fixes for errors.
  • Assists with complex refactoring.
  • Multiple code-editing helpers.

32. OzCode

@oz_code

OzCode

OzCode is a Visual Studio extension for C# offering powerful debugging tools so you can spend more time developing and less time debugging.

Key Features:

  • Makes it easier to find and fix bugs right within Visual Studio.
  • Works great with ReSharper.
  • Figure out complex expressions with Magic Glance.
  • Powerful search, reveal, and compare features.

33. CodeRush

@CodeRush

CodeRush

CodeRush helps you find and fix issues easily and, like several other testing tools in this section, is a VS extension.

Key Features:

  • Visually highlights problems across the codebase and helps you spot issues quickly.
  • Quickly create new tests and test suites with shortcuts.
  • Easy refactoring.

Profilers

34. Prefix

@Stackify

Prefix

A lightweight developer tool for .NET and Java, Prefix shows you logs, errors, queries, and more in real-time. It works within your existing workstation – and it’s free.

Key Features: 

  • Provides a detailed trace of every web request.
  • No messy config or code changes.
  • Instant download; get immediate code insights.
  • View logs by request.
  • Find hidden exceptions.
  • View SQL queries.
  • Quickly pinpoint suspicious behavior.

35. dotTrace

@dottrace

DotTrace

dotTrace, from JetBrains, is a profiler that helps troubleshoot performance issues and speed up applications.

Key Features:

  • Understand how SQL queries and HTTP requests affect application performance.
  • View line-by-line profiling data and get specific performance metrics.
  • Get data on calls execution time.
  • Profile SQL queries and HTTP requests.
  • Profile static methods and unit tests.
  • Profile and visualize results within Visual Studio.

36. ANTS Performance Profiler

@redgate

ANTS Performance Profiler

ANTS Performance Profiler is a profiling tool for .NET code, including C#, that provides line-by-line profiling statistics.

Key Features:

  • View performance data for SQL queries and HTTP requests.
  • Provides line-by-line results.
  • Shows historic performance over time.
  • Get insight into long-term performance.

37. N Profiler

@NProfiler

NProfiler

A profiling tool that claims to be faster than any other profiler, N Profiler provides rich .NET performance data to save you up to 90% of optimization time.

Key Features:

  • Find out the exact cause for performance issues – database queries, or long I/O times.
  • Performance metrics are organized in a Call Tree and can be viewed at the overview or details level.

APM

38. Retrace

@Stackify

Retrace

Retrace is the only developer tool that combines APM, logs, errors, metrics, and monitoring in a single platform to help you build better. It’s designed for production and pre-production servers and starts at just $10 per month.

Key Features: 

  • Collects performance data at the code level.
  • Application and server logging.
  • Application metrics from a variety of sources.
  • Error tracking and monitoring.
  • Works out of the box with your existing stack.
  • Free Trial.

Deployment Automation

39. Octopus

@OctopusDeploy

Octopus

The leading deployment automation tool for C#, Octopus takes the reins where your CI tool ends, making it possible to automate complex application deployments.

Key Features:

  • Provision and configure new machines to deploy your app.
  • Integrates with CI servers to extend build automation and CI processes into deployment.
  • Promote releases between environments.
  • Repeatable, reliable deployments.

40. Appveyor

@appveyor

AppVeyor

A CI build server that takes care of not just builds, but deployments too, Appveyor is robust, secure, and requires no setup to get started.

Key Features:

  • End-to-end solution for builds, testing, and deployment.
  • Easy to use and requires no setup.
  • Isolated build environments.
  • Developer-friendly build configs using UI or YAML.
  • Built-in deployment and NuGet server.
  • Multi-branch builds.

41. AppHarbor

@appharbor

AppHarbor

AppHarbor does more than deployment: it’s a fully-hosted .NET Platform-as-a-Service. It’s used to host everything from personal blogs to high-traffic web apps.

Key Features:

  • Takes code from a source code repository and deploys it on its own hosted platform.
  • Instantly deploy and scale .NET applications using your favorite versioning tool.
  • Don’t worry about scaling your infrastructure to keep up with load, AppHarbor takes care of it all for you.

42. Jenkins

@jenkinsci

Jenkins

More than a deployment automation tool, Jenkins is the most popular CI server that’s extending its reach to the deployment and delivery phases as well.

Key Features:

  • Rich collection of extensions to suit every stack.
  • End-to-end solution from build to deployment.
  • Hundreds of plugins to support building, deployment, and automation.

Containerization

43. Docker.DotNet

@nuget

DockerDotNet

Docker.DotNet is a C# client library for the Docker API. With it, you can interact with the Docker Remote API programmatically.

Key Features:

  • Can be installed via the NuGet library manager for Visual Studio.
  • Enables fully asynchronous, non-blocking, object oriented code in .NET.

44. Distelli

@distelli

Distelli

A powerful tool to containerize C# applications, Distelli helps you automate your container workflow from end to end. See this helpful tutorial for how to build and deploy a C# application with Distelli. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for building and deploying a Docker C# application.

Key Features:

  • Automate your container workflow end-to-end using Distelli.
  • Deploys to Kubernetes for state-of-the-art container orchestration.

With C# and .NET Core poised to be huge in 2018 and beyond, honing your C# skills will serve you well in the next few years. We hope you’ve found a tool or two that you can put to use today and improve the quality and productivity of your C# development. Let us know if there’s any tool we missed out on that deserves a spot in this toolkit.

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