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Oyster

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I don't know if this fits here or in the "free References" sticky. Regardless, it is an awesome resource. Probably could go under "Other Utilities."

http://www.regexlib.com/
Regular Expression Library - community-based collection of regularly used regexes. Website rates regexes, allows testing regexes based on the .NET RegEx engine, and has active members who will answer any regex-related questions.
 

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Markbnj

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Thread updated. All links checked and adjusted. All version information updated. Recent contris added. Sorry it took so long to get to this maintenance.
 

beginner99

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Web Development

DataTables:
http://datatables.net/

DataTables is a plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library. It is a highly flexible tool, based upon the foundations of progressive enhancement, which will add advanced interaction controls to any HTML table
This one is very handy! Simple out of the box usage but with configuration and additional plug-ins very powerful:

Display data from almost any data source
* DOM, Javascript array, Ajax file and server-side processing (PHP, C#, Perl, Ruby, AIR, Gears etc)



Testing

http://www.dbunit.org/
DbUnit is a JUnit extension (also usable with Ant) targeted at database-driven projects that, among other things, puts your database into a known state between test runs. This is an excellent way to avoid the myriad of problems that can occur when one test case corrupts the database and causes subsequent tests to fail or exacerbate the damage.

DbUnit has the ability to export and import your database data to and from XML datasets. Since version 2.0, DbUnit can also work with very large datasets when used in streaming mode. DbUnit can also help you to verify that your database data match an expected set of values
Source Control

Mercurial: http://mercurial.selenic.com/

For Windows user I can recommend:
http://tortoisehg.bitbucket.org/
Windows shell extension for Mercurial)

Mercurial is similar to Git. Mercurial Projects can be hosted on

https://bitbucket.org/
Store all of your Git and Mercurial source code in one place with unlimited private repositories. Includes issue tracking, wiki, and pull requests.

Secure hosting with flexible permissions for your repositories. Integrates with JIRA, Jenkins, Pivotal, Cloud9 IDE and other developer tools.
Mercurial and Bitbucket usage is very simple. Can be highly recommended for people new to (distributed) source control. Also Mercurial can be directly used from within Netbeans.
 

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http://www.sonarsource.org/

We are using this at my current place of employ, and I must say, I'm pretty impressed with how well it catches potential problems.

Sonar is a static analysis tool for Java. It catches things like potential null pointer dereferencing, == for object comparison, etc.

It is really pretty powerful, and free.
 

pub1279

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Although joomla/droopal was there but no ecommerce specific software (some other listed as well):

Zencart
Platform: windows, unix
More data: http://sourceforge.net/projects/zencart/files/
Open source shopping cart software


Active Perl
Platform: windows, mac, linux
More data: http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads/
Perl compiler for windows



Auto It Scripting
Platform: windows
More data: http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/
Windows scripting tool to create self-contained installers/software packagings for mass distribution
 

sunilmkt

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Hi Markbnj,

You did fantastic work. I checked you free tools list and did not find any tool missing. Mostly popular freeware tools covered here, this could be helpful me as well as others users and can find the solutions in one place. Great !!!
 

hasu

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Some more very interesting stuff:
Since things are free in Linux World, I will list only Windows stuff.

1. An IDE for Multi platform Rapid Application Development

Lazarus (http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org/) - Open source
(CodeTyphon is Lazarus with many components pre-installed)

2. MySQL Database query tool (Opensource).
HeidiSQL (http://www.heidisql.com/)

3. Screen capture for screenshots and annotations for writing manuals etc:
http://www.picpick.org/en/
 

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PEBrowse Professional (note: not PEBrowse64)
http://www.smidgeonsoft.com/pebrowse-pro-file-viewer.html
This is my favorite executable analysis tool. Lets you view all the details of an EXE or DLL--headers, resources, imports/exports, etc.--and it has a fairly nice disassembler. Get PEBrowse, not PEBrowse64--the name of the latter suggests that it's just a 64-bit version of the former, but it's not: it's actually a very different (and, IMHO, inferior) program. Anyway, PEBrowse (not 64) can handle all &#956;archs: x86-32, x86-64, and IA-64 (and probably ARM, too).
 
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Markbnj

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This list is woefully out of date. I need to take a pass through it, but honestly I am not sure it's possible to have one that is really up to date and relevant any more.
 

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This list is amazing! Thanks for all the hard work :)
 
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TahirMarfani

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Cygwin could be a Linux-like surroundings for Windows. It consists of 2 parts:
- A DLL (cygwin1.dll) that acts as a UNIX system API emulation layer providing substantial UNIX system API practicality.
- a set of tools which give UNIX system look and feel.

The Cygwin DLL presently works with all recent, commercially discharged x86 thirty two bit and sixty four bit versions of Windows, with the exception of Windows cerium.

I use it for collection C in windows. Works with visual percept.
 

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