New (to me) Applications

Recently, I’ve been using some new applications on which I should share some thoughts.

LinqPad

I won a copy of this at our local .Net Users Group, CRineta, and it has been great since I started using it! If I just want a single quick query of a DB, the “object-like” format it returns the data in is really nice. Querying large log files (by different names, on different servers) for interesting data is also a breeze.

mRemote

Throughout a standard work day, I’ll remote into a couple or more servers for various reasons or need to open up PuTTY to SSH into network hardware. This allows me to keep one app open to do all these things while keeping different sessions on tabs. It also saves my settings so I don’t have to remember them.

Swype

I recently upgraded my phone from the crumby Motorola Backflip to the awesome Motorola Atrix. Since the Atrix ships with Android 2.2, you get Swype right out of the box. It’s hard to describe how Swype works, you’ll just have to watch a video or have a friend show you. It’s so much faster than tapping and seems to start to figure out what you’re thinking before you’re even done telling it what to input. I’d list this as the best mobile device technology since touch screens; it’s great!

Evernote

I’ve had Evernote for a bit now, but i’m using it more and more lately. It’s letting me get rid of some paper clutter and cutting back on emails (or drafts) to myself to remind me of things.

 

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About Chris Missal

Oh hey, I'm a Senior Consultant for Headspring in Austin, TX. I've been working in software professionally since 2006 and I really, really love it. I'm mostly in the Microsoft world, but enjoy building computer things of all sorts (to be vague). When I'm not slinging code, I'm probably out and about slinging discs, bowling balls, or good beer with great friends.
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  • http://www.philliphaydon.com Phillip

    Um ‘awesome Motorola’ thats a joke right? Motorola have never made an ‘awesome’ phone…

  • http://nateadams.wordpress.com Nate

    I absolutely love LinqPad! It’s like a scratch pad for Linq. Want to just try something out quickly? It’s the tool for you for sure.

    I don’t have Swype, but I have a similar product I like slightly better called ShapeWriter. I agree with you though. Since I’ve started using it (and gotten over the learning curve) I don’t know how I’d type on my phone without it.

  • Chip Thomas

    Phillip: The Startac was an awesome phone.

  • http://www.truewill.net/myblog/index.php Bill Sorensen

    LINQPad rules. It’s free without the IntelliSense (which is easily worth the price).

    You can use it for more than just data access or LINQ. Like the old Snippet Compiler, you can quickly try a bit of C# (or VB, or F#) without firing up another instance of Visual Studio.

  • http://claudiolassala.wordpress.com Claudio Lassala

    Evernote is awesome. You may want to check out my blog post to get some ideas on how to use it:

    http://claudiolassala.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/how-im-using-evernote/

  • http://www.lostechies.com/members/chrismissal/default.aspx Chris Missal

    Thanks for sharing your link Claudio, that’s some really good usages that I’m probably going to have to steal/copy ;)

  • http://blog.mrdustpan.com MrDustpan

    LinqPad is indeed awesome. For wrting/troubleshooting LINQ it’s invaluable. Plus you can add references to your own assemblies so you can test/debug/profile your code if you’re using LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework. It’s a great way to see the SQL that will get generated by your code if you don’t have SQL Profiler.

  • http://www.outsourcing-partners.com/software-developer.html David

    impressive post, thanks to share.