I recently went through a rather severe computer tragedy from which I am just now recovering. As such, I have had the opportunity to rebuild my computer from scratch. Here is the software I deemed essential for my work as a ColdFusion developer. I'm curious what others have installed.
These are roughly in the order that I install them
- Firefox: First thing I install on any computer.
- IIS: Not really software, but I did have to enable it. Apache may be "better", but I like IIS personally and it is easy to get going. Just be sure to enable all of the correct services before you install ColdFusion
- SQL Server Express: It is free for local development and a really good database program.
- MS Office: The last of the Microsoft software. Despite all of the Microsoft haters out there, MS Excel is still my favorite program ever and MS Access is actually a pretty good local database.
- ColdFusion: It's what I do.
- ColdFusion Builder: I still miss ColdFusion Studio, but this is really growing on me.
- Adobe CS Web Premium: I love Fireworks and it is handy to have Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash as well.
- Pidgin: Currently my IM of choice. Works well across lots of networks and runs fast.
- CloudBerry Backup Desktop: I have tried Mozy and Rackspace's JungleDisk and liked them both well enough, but a friend recommended this so I am giving it a try.
- ShadowProtect: Windows 7 has image back-ups, but the hardware independent restore feature of ShadowProtect seems like it could be really handy.
- BeyondCompare: Simply the best file comparison program I have found.
- Git for Windows: I'm in the early stages of learning Git, but I love it so far.
So, what do you think? Did I miss anything essential?
For anyone wondering what happened to my upcoming list of "How I got Started in ColdFusion" entries, I lost them but I know how to get that back so I will try to get on that soon. Sorry for the delay.