Those who read my tips for SearchVB know that I devote at least one third of my coverage to the topic of cool tools for visual development environments, with an emphasis on Visual Studio and Visual Basic .NET. With an aim of revisiting some of the best from this year in time for Yule, if not to play something of the fool, I went back over the list of tool topics for 2006. Here's a personal and possibly idiosyncratic "Top 5" list for...
2006 that emerged from my half tongue-in-cheek, half-serious trip down memory lane, in ASCII collating sequence order by vendor name:
Any or all of these tools (given that they match developers' needs) are likely to do more good than harm on the projects on which they're put to work. That's a credible motif to help carry all of out of the old year and into a new one, to be sure!
Ed Tittel is a writer and trainer whose interests include XML and development topics, along with IT Certification and information security. E-mail email@example.com with comments, questions, or suggested topics or tools to review. Cool tools rule!