My Workbench

Here are some tools that I find, at the least useful, if not essential to have on my integration workbench. This is not meant to be a definitive list of useful tools, nor is it meant to be a collection of reviews. They are presented in no particular order. My goal is simply to briefly illustrate what I use and I leave it to you, to decide if you find them of interest. I will add new tools as time permits and as subjects present themselves.

Program Description Link
BizTalk Documenter
This tool creates documentation for a given  BizTalk server 2006, 2006R2 2009, 2010, 2013, 2013R2 or 2016 TAP installation.
BizTalk Deployment Framework
The Deployment Framework for BizTalk eliminates the pain associated with BizTalk application deployments, and goes far beyond BizTalk’s out-of-the-box deployment functionality. It also includes additional tools to enhance developer productivity, such as binding file management.
BizUnit enables automated tests to be rapidly developed. BizUnit is a flexible and extensible declarative test framework targeted that rapidly enables the automated testing of distributed systems, for example it is widely used to test BizTalk solutions.
BizTalk Config Loader
BizTalk tool to automate the configuration of hosts, hosts instances, adapters and adapter handlers. This helps to configure the BizTalk environment quickly without all the manual steps usually needed. Also great to set up multiple environments with the same settings.
BizTalk Health Monitor
BHM is an MMC snap-in that allows the user to monitor the health of BizTalk Server environments and execute maintenance tasks.
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
Xml Notepad 2007
XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents.
WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.
Sandcastle Help File Builder
A standalone GUI, Visual Studio integration package, and MSBuild tasks providing full configuration and extensibility for building help files with the Sandcastle tools.
Nuget Command: Install-Package EWSoftware.SHFB
XML Schema documentation plug-in for Sandcastle Help File Builder (SHFB).
Nuget Command: Install-Package SHFB.XsdDocumentationPlugin
WiX Toolset
The most powerful set of tools available to create your Windows installation experience.
Nuget Command: Install-Package WiX
Template Builder
A NuGet package which can be used to help create Visual Studio Item Templates and Project templates.
Nuget Command: Install-Package TemplateBuilder
The SideWaffle extension adds a bunch of useful Snippets, Project- and Item Templates to Visual Studio.
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 SDK
The Visual Studio 2013 SDK includes project templates, tools, tests, and reference assemblies that are required to build extensions for Visual Studio 2013. (Included in Visual Studio 2015)
E-MailRelay is a simple SMTP proxy and store-and-forward message transfer agent (MTA).
Edraw Mind Map
Free mind map software help you build, save, share and print arbitrary mind maps absolutely free.
Utility for troubleshooting Microsoft DTC firewall issues
The free FTP solution
Fiddler is a free web debugging tool which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet.
SoapUI is the world's most widely-used open source API testing tool for SOAP and REST APIs.
Ashampoo Snap
Ashampoo Snap 2017 is a screenshot capturing software. With Ashampoo Snap 2017, users can capture, edit and share screen contents.
ReNamer is a very powerful and flexible file renaming tool.
HxD is a freeware hex editor, a tool that can open and edit computer code.
XML Viewer Plus
XML Viewer Plus is basically a text editor written specifically for viewing and editing XML files. However it also has the ability to validate the XML structure and format the code.