10 FREE, highly useful, tools for web developers

Over the years I have found many useful free tools to help me in my job as a Web Developer. In this post, I share 10 of my favourite free tools with you so you can get the benefit of them too.

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LINQPad

I recently came across this fantastic resource. It is called LINQPad. You can use it to test any C#, F# or VB snippet or program. You can even use it to query databases in LINQ or SQL. It's ideal if you find some code on the internet that you want to quickly…

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How to create and use custom configuration sections in ASP.NET

This post will show you how to create a custom config section in your .NET application and use it in your code.

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How to get the current logged in Umbraco user and restrict front end content

This post shows you how to get the current logged in Umbraco user and restrict content on the front end of the site.

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Dynamic placeholder images

I found this and thought it would be really useful, especially for designers or people mocking up sites. If you ever need a placeholder image, you don’t need to create one, you can just use this url with the size of placeholder image you want:

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Free productivity tool - Workflowy

If, like me, you like to write lists to help you focus on what’s required to complete a certain job, and sometimes break the bullet points into mini lists themselves, then this online tool should help you. Workflowy allows you to do just that, it’s free, real…

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How do you use the try catch finally blocks?

I must admit, in the past when I just want some code to run, but it's not critical if it fails, I have written a try catch block which looks like this.

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How to use bundling to minify css and JavaScript in MVC and Umbraco

This post shows you how to set up and use bundling and minification in your MVC website. There are specific instructions on how set it up for Umbraco websites too.

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How to add any search engine or site search to google Chrome

If you have a favourite site that you like to search on, or want to use a different search engine this tool will help you set up quick searching on them using Google Chrome.

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My favourite Visual Studio keyboard shortcuts

I'm not one for using my mouse if I can help it. I like to use keyboard shortcuts where possible. In this post I share with you my favourite Visual Studio keyboard shortcuts.

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