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 4 - http://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 Utilities• 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
Docs• 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
Lists• 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
Blogs• 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: http://channel9.msdn.com/• http://channel9.msdn.com/search?term=testing• http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/-NET-Debugging-Stater-Kit-for-the-Production-Environment