The Ultimate List of C# Tools You Will Ever Need

The Ultimate List of C# Tools You Will Ever Need

There is not doubt that C# is a widely used programming language in enterprises. Not to forget the frequent use in enterprises and projects which are heavily Microsoft-dependent. 

If you are a developer involved in C# development services, building your apps using C#, there is a high chance that you use Visual Studio and have explored some of its extensions to supercharge your development. 

But that is just a small pond. And the world of C# development is huge, it’s an ocean ready to be explored.

Here is a list of every C# tool that you will ever need for your C# based development services.

    1. Compilers, Editors & Serializers

      1.1  Rextester
      Rextester actually stands for Regular Expression Tester. It is a simple online compiler for C# which will be extremely useful at every step. Some it’s key features are that it takes 5 seconds of CPU time per piece of code. Devotes 150 MB of memory for each piece of code. And the code runs in an appdomain with basic execution, reflection, thread control and web privileges only.

      1.2  C# Pad
      This is great and handy REPL tool for C#. It’s very simple to use. All you need to do is simply enter your code and click “Go” to evaluate it. You can quickly test C# code online. The tools has code completion and can be embedded on other websites seamlessly.

      1.3 SlickEdit
      A great code editing tool which will help you boost productivity and improve the quality of your code almost magically. It acts as a cross-platform code editor supporting more than 60 languages on nine platforms. The tool compiles and debugs the code showing all errors for quick access and can handle very large files of code, as large as 2 TB.

      1.4 .NET Fiddle
      .NET Fiddle is a largely popular fiddle tool for C# and was inspired by and meant for quick, simple code testing without the need to open Visual Studio and create a new project entirely. It lets you write, save, and collaborate on C# code. It also supports 4 project types: Console, Script, MVC, Nancy, including support for VB.NET and F#.


  • VS Extensions and Testing tools2.1  Selenium
    A popular tool among C# developers, Selenium is one of the most widely used testing tools available today. It helps you automate web browsers allowing you to run tests at scale and with precision. With selenium you can automate boring web-based administration tasks. You can easily create robust regression automation suites and tests. It also helps you scale and distribute scripts across multiple environments.

    2.2  LINQPad
    A rich and robust tool to instantly test code snippets in C#, F#, and VB. With LINQPad you can query databases interactively. The tool has its own query language – LINQ, which is a powerful way to query databases quickly. This tool is great for learning C# as it gives you many of the features of an IDE without the bloat.

    2.3  CodeRush
    With CodeRush, you can find and fix issues easily and, like several other testing tools, CodeRush is also a VS extension. The tool visually highlights problems across the codebase and helps you spot issues quickly. You can rapidly create new tests and test suites with shortcuts. Also the tool has easy refactoring.
  • Integrated Development Environments3.1  Visual Studio Code
    It is impossible to start a list of best IDEs without the mention of Visual Studio Code. It is undoubtedly the most popular code editor for C# development. Match Visual Studio Code with the C# extension for powerful editing, plus full support for C# IntelliSense and debugging.


         3.2  #develop
     It is  free, open source IDE for C#,, and Boo projects. #develop (SharpDevelop) is an extremely lightweight alternative to VS Code. It has some of the most common features offered by Visual Studio including code editing, compiling and debugging. There also are a few advanced features like context actions and background syntax check.


  • Automation Tools for Deployment

    4.1  Appveyor
    This is a powerful CI build server which takes care of not just builds, but deployments too. Appveyor is robust, secure, and does not require any setup to get started. You will get end-to-end solution for builds, testing, and deployment. The tool is easy to use and requires no setup. It has isolated build environments and has developer-friendly build configs using UI or YAML.

    4.2  Jenkins
    Jenkins is more than a deployment automation tool. It is the most popular CI server which is extending its reach to the deployment and delivery phases also. It has a rich collection of extensions to suit every stack. Jenkins contains end-to-end solutions from build to deployment. It has hundreds of plugins to support building, deployment, and automation with ease.

C# has immense potential that goes beyond time. It is a language of class, robustness, and depth. Many enterprises have seen the light of success and sustained their business with C# as their most preferred programming language.