Programming Books C Java PHP Python Learn more Browse Programming Books
Windows Developer Power Tools and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $59.99
  • Save: $19.92 (33%)
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Former library copy with standard library markings. Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools Paperback – December 31, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0596527549 ISBN-10: 0596527543 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $40.07
27 New from $36.01 51 Used from $1.88
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$36.01 $1.88
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527549
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

James Avery, a solution architect working with Microsoft technologies, has been working with .NET since its second beta release. He's written articles for "MSDN Magazine", "ASP Today", and is a frequent blogger. Also, James is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, and author of "Visual Studio Hacks" (O'Reilly).

Jim Holmes, a Microsoft MVP, has nearly 25 years experience in the IT industry, including network management, systems analysis, and software development in Perl, Java, C++, and .NET. He's the founder of the Dayton .NET Developers Group and co-founder of the Dayton-Cincinnati Code Camp. He has written extensively for

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Some of my most favorite tools are included in this book, such as Anthem.
Brian H. Madsen
Until then this is one of the best books available for getting information on some really useful developer tools.
Michael Taylor
Until reading this book, I did not realize how much productivity I stood to gain.
Mitchell Wheat

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Beck on January 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Windows Power Tools is a collection of brief tutorials and overviews of freeware and open source [...] development tools. What kind of rating you might give this book depends largely upon what type of background that you're coming from. If you're the kind who has stuck religiously to the Microsoft Press series of books and acknowledge only the old testament, than this book will be either an epiphany (5 stars) or outright blasphemy (1 star). If continuous integration, test-driven development, and object relational mapping (new testament type stuff) are terms that you are fairly conversant with, then this book will probably land somewhere in the 2-4 star range.

Since I put myself in the 2-4 star group, I'll start by mentioning that there are great online tomes of knowledge that contain most of the tools listed in this book and a bunch others not listed here. One of the most respected and well linked lists belongs to the author of this book's forward, Scott Hanselman. His "Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows" has been dutifully updated on an annual basis. Despite the fact that there are free, decent resources out there that fill some of the same purposes as this book, I enjoyed thumbing through the book and picking out tools I hadn't heard of to fill in some knowledge gaps.

The main reason that I landed on a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star rating is that the brief tutorial format that worked so well for James when describing Visual Studio functionality is his previous book, "Visual Studio Hacks", just doesn't do justice to tools that represent significant pieces of an application or support infrastructure. I would have preferred to see less tools and deeper coverage in certain areas.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Wheat on September 30, 2007
Format: Paperback

Until reading this book, I did not realize how much productivity I stood to gain.

When I first agreed to review this book I didn't know what I was really getting into. I expected a brief catalog of fairly standard, well-known tools which would only come as a surprise to fresh graduate. I expected I getting a small pocket-sized book which I could devour in one train ride. I could not have been more wrong.

The book covers over 170 Open Source tools across a wide variety of development domains from Windows Forms and Web Development, to working with Databases and XML data. Each tool will in some way enhance your productivity in some way, allowing you to do the things your really enjoy about writing software on the Microsoft Windows platform. The productivity gains vary from being able to generate the tedious 80% of your project to those 5 second boosts which all add up and prevent RSI.

Each of the 23 chapters is targeted at a particular issue or development task and opens with one or two pages describing this task. These are so well written that I think the opening of Chapter 9 [Analyzing Your Code], which gives a quick explanation of code metrics, is my favorite section of the whole book. This means that the book is not just an encyclopedic reference of tools, but also of modern development techniques.

After the introduction a very brief description of each tool follows. These are great memory refreshers once you have read the book and are repeated on the companion web-site. Each tool is then given its own section and the chapter closes with a bibliography for people interested in finding out more.

This structure of "Introduction, Overview data, Full text, Where to get more information" is repeated for each tool.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Damon Carr on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback

I have almost nothing but praise for this book. It can easily inform you of at least a few (probably more) free and highly effective tools for your single man team or large 100 person effort.

I cannot imagine anyone not finding something here very significant to their work. The book should pay for itself 100x over. Things every self-respecting .NET developer should be using like NDepend, Reflector add-ins, etc. are covered here very well. What is very scary is far too many devs don't even do test-driven development and even more do not read nearly enough (you should probably be reading 20-100 pages at least every other night). It really is a long curve to the right (in terms of developer quality with statistics and a distribution curve, where the X Axis is 'quality') in this world. Our average for developers is way below where it needs to be in my experience working all over the world.

My only negative is this book covers tools that frequently are updated and/or replaced by better tools so in say 6-12 months, much of this book MIGHT be a little dated. Typically this kind of material is better put on a BLOG or Site. They do have a site promised in the book but as of 1/10/2007 it was not working. I see this as almost a fatal flaw as this book need a web-site to continue the update process.

Overall however, if you buy it NOW and digest it ASAP (even just the index to find items of interest) you cannot go wrong.

5 stars and great work James and Jim (and everyone else who contributed).

Kind Regards,

Damon W. Carr, CEO

Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews