My Current .Net Application and Tools Stack

For what it is worth I thought I would share what my current application stack for Enterprise Web Application / Line of Business Applications.  When these tools are used together they allow me to develop in a frictionless way.  I am able to build maintainable software using these tools.


For the runtime environment I like the following:
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • IIS 6
  • .Net 3.5
  • Asp.Net MVC web application framework
  • JQuery for client side Javascript
  • Structure Map for the Inversion of Control (IoC) container
  • NHibernate for Object Relational Mapping
  • Tarantino for some utility classes.
  • MvcContrib – additions to the Asp.Net MVC library
  • Castle Validators – Great validation engine which is part of the Castle framework.
  • FluentNHibernate – I really like the AutoMapping by convention.  I have this in a small side project and I think it could change the way I think about databases.
Testing, Development, and Build Tools
  • Visual Studio – VS 2008 with C# and Web Developer installed.  I don’t need any of those silly VBx languages installed.
  • nUnit for Unit and Integration Testing
  • Gallio/MBUnit for running and reporting of Web UI Automation Tests
  • WatiN framework for automating Internet Explorer for UI Automation Tests
  • Cruise Control for Continuous Integration Server
  • NAnt for build scripting language( I use the term scripting very loosely). I also use this to automate application deployments, it works great.  I only wish it could be deployed as a single executable.
  • Resharper – Visual Studio Add-In usable for a solution with lots of files.
    • TDD Productivity Plugin for Resharper
  • TestDriven.Net Visual Studio Add-in for running tests fast.
  • Tortoise Svn – A Windows Explorer integrated subversion client. Simple and Easy.
  • Subversion – source control.  I prefer to have a hosted subversion repository.  If that is not an option I like Visual SVN for hosting a repository.
  • Tarantino – to handle Database Change Management.  without this DB change management is a total pain.
  • SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare- great tools for creating database change scripts. The Pro versions can be automated via command line which is a win in my book.
  • CCTray – the cruise control client to monitor builds from the system tray.
  • Balsamiq Mockups – great tool to create a ui mockup.
  • Vitual PC / VMWare – I have machines for both. I seem to think that either platform is ok enough for me.  The real performance in vm’s is how I configure the client machines.
  • WinDBG – great tool for getting into the down and dirty.
  • QUnit – a unit testing tool for javascript.  Once I started using this.. I started liking Javascript again.
  • 7-Zip command line.
  • Dos / batch files.  Too many people skip the basics to solve simple automation problems with batch files.  I automated a server setup using a batch file and took a manual multi-hour process to a 30 minute totally automated setup.  I cannot stress the power of the pure command line.
  • Fiddler, Developer Toolbar – IE plugins.
  • Google Chrome – I like this browser a lot.
  • Rhino Mocks



Tools and Frameworks I want to tryout sometime soon.
  • NHibernate Profiler.  I have high hopes for this tool, I installed .Net 3.5 sp1 just so I can start using it.
  • WinSnap – Screen capture tool.  Thanks Jason for the recommendation.
  • JQuery UI – ui gadgets for jQuery.


What do you use?


Updated: 1/29/2009 How could I forget about Rhino Mocks ?

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