Brian H. Madsen
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Bookshelf essentials – Windows Developer Power Tools

October 17th 2007 in Uncategorized

I’ve been reading one of the most useful books in my library lately – Windows Developer Power Tools – and being a typical (i hope, read the book and you’re converted too) developer i’m constantly looking out for tools that can help me be more productive.

Even if it’s just shaving off a minute here and there, it all tallies up and you gain hours, if not weeks, at the end of a project.

powertools-bookcover Title: Windows Developer Power Tools
Author(s): James Avery & Jim Holmes
ISBN-10: 0-596-52754-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-596-52754-3

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Open-source and free developer/performance tools can be found in abundance on the internet today but one of the few issues that generally comes up after you’ve gotten hold of one is “how does this work?”.

On occasion you’ll start to use a tool or add-in only to find out later on that there’s a much better way to utilise the power you suddenly have at your hands – but by then, you’ve spent hours already “mis-using” the tool.

This book arms you with information, tips and tricks, how-tos and descriptions on a host of known, and possibly unknown, tools that will seriously help you speed up your development – so why not be the hero of the office and start developing smartly!

Over the last couple of years i’ve been in and out of windows and web development and felt that i was comfortable in both arenas. But after reading this book I knew that I could have been a much more efficient developer if only I’d known about the tools it explores.

The book is divided into suitable chapters, making it very easy to use the book for fast reference if you suddenly remember that you once read (somewhere?) about a tool doing exactly what you’re trying to achieve in the old fashioned way – doing it yourself from scratch.

Each chapter (or tool/tip/add-in) is presented in an easily to understand english, with a logical order that makes reading this book a pleasure. Some books comes across with technical jargon without explanations for the varied levels of developers out there, but this book can easily be enjoyed by both the experienced developer and the starting rising star.

Some of my most favorite tools are included in this book, such as Anthem.Net, which encapsulates web forms and extends AJAX capability without having to write a single line of JavaScript.

Other tools which was new to me, included CopySourceAsHTML, and the experience with which i’ve had with posting code over the years, or including snippets in documentation, has just been greatly improved.


What i found most pleasing about this book, is the consistency in which it presents each topic for you. The authors has gone to great length to make it a flawless experience in reading this book and even though many has contributed to the content, the layout is flawlessly simple.

A very easy read and a bookshelf essential!

2 comments to...
“Bookshelf essentials – Windows Developer Power Tools”

Jim Holmes

Thanks very much for the kind words about the book!

I’m also happy to see another convert to CopySourceAsHTML — that, along with CoolCommands — is one of my most-used tools!

Brian Madsen

Hey Jim!

You’re most welcome – it was, and will continue to be, a permanent fixture on my bookshelf (except when i’m looking up stuff that is).

Well done, well written and good luck with any other project you may have in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!


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