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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 9:07 AM
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The ones I use all the time at work are:
- ClipCache - saves everything you put in the clipboard and allows you to put in folders for later re-use (I even bought this for my home use)
- HyperSnap - allows you to do a variety of screen captures (the one I use the most is the region "box" that I draw); the best part is you can setup shortcut keys for all the various capture options you want
- Beyond Compare - super fast compare utility that will do entire directories faster than most do 2 files; can also live as a right-click option within Windows Explorer ... great timesaver (also have this at home)
- and of course - RedGate's SQLPrompt (used on SQL 2005 - may not be as needed in 2008?) and SQLSearch
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 9:15 AM
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Oh yeah! Beyond Compare is incomparable! We use it all the time and I couldn't live without it!
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 10:17 AM
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Some of these are tools I have had for years and may have changed names...

HappyFish - ERD Diagram
MyGeneration - Similar to CodeSmith
AdeptSQL Diff - Database Compare Utiliity
OpenProj - Project Management
yEd Graph Editor - Process/Flow Charts
Mockup Screens - Quick wireframe design
QlikView - Business Intelligence
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 10:55 AM
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I'll second some previous nominations along with others:
My Can't live without tools:
- Beyond Compare
- KeePass
- Launchy
- ScitTE
- AutoHotKey

My other standbys:
- IrfanView
- Notepad2 (for portable editing on other machines)
- 7zip
- Foxit PDF Reader
- Agent Ransack
- Filezilla
- Sysinternals Suite
- SQL Compare/SQL Packager
- SQL Complete Express Edition

And then there is the glue to make everything work .. scripts.
I am absolutely dependent on my scripts. They are mostly self-developed, in a variety of scripting languages as suitable for the task at hand; batch file, PowerShell, Perl, VBScript
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Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:02 AM
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I'm looking forward to trying many of those!

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Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:02 AM
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Thanks. free tools are really useful.
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Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:30 AM
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Freemind, but have transitioned to x-mind.
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Most of Red-Gate's stuff
Innovasys DocumentX.
Notepad+

I used to enjoy acquiring tools and get excited over the new features but then I found that I was spending more time on an endless cycle of learning new tools rather than actually using them productively. I was fooling myself that I was doing productive work when in reality I was playing with something.
At most the new tool would give a single digit boost in productivity but chances are what you gain on the swings you lose on the round-a-bouts.

I find now that I ask if the tool is actually addressing a major pain point rather than an itch or a tingle.


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Posted Monday, January 30, 2012 2:12 AM
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Favourite software:
Notepad ++ both home and work

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WordPress and TOAD for MySQL at home
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