Essential tools – Part 1

Our day to day life becomes a lot easier when we make use of the proper tools to help us complete the task at hand. I am planing to post in about few tools which forms an essential part of my tool chain, most are free tools but sometimes there do come in gems which makes you to take out your credit card.

Below are the ones for today:

Piriform CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) (Freeware)

 

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. The best function I like in CCleaner is that it provides you with the list of currently installed software list, the same one you get from Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs but a lot faster than the ‘Add Remove Programs’ applet. So, if you are a developer who always likes to check out various tools and find that removing some of them from ‘Add Remove Programs’ is a pain because it takes a long time to load, then I would strongly recommend this one. Apart from providing the previously mentioned function, it also provides option to clear browser cache and other MRU lists present on the system.

 

Eset NOD32 Anti-Virus (Commercial)

One of the few applications that I am ready to pay for, I have tried out various free and commercial options (commercial ones mainly as part of corporate subscriptions) but this one beats all of them by a mile. From my personal experience this is the best anti-virus there is todate, which does a good job of keeping the bad binaries at bay without taking up too much resource on your system.

 

MWSnap (Freeware)

Another gem of a software, a very light-weight application that provides screen capturing / on-screen measurement (ruler) / color picking / zoom tool. It also supports global hotkey’s which makes your life a lot easier when you want to create an online documentation.

 

Unix and Linux tools for Windows (Freeware / Open source)

Are you a platform independent developer who work on both unix / linux and windows? Do you miss the powerful command line tools present in linux on windows? worry no more, you can get the following tools already ported to win32:

bc-1.05
bison-1.28
bzip2-1.0.2
diffutils-2.7
fileutils-3.16
findutils-4.1
flex-2.5.4
gawk-3.1.0
grep-2.4.2
gsar110
gzip-1.2.4
indent-2.2.9
jwhois-2.4.1
less-340
m4-1.4
make-3.78.1
patch-2.5
recode-3.6
rman-3.0.7
sed-3.02
shellutils-1.9.4
tar-1.12
textutils-2.1
unrar-3.00
wget-1.8.2
which-2.4

These are native windows binaries. so you do not need *nix simulation environment like cygwin or uwin.

Get it from (with source) : http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=9328

 

We will cover more in the future parts, till then bye and have a nice day!

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