Here’s a list of apps and tools I use on a daily basis when developing websites in a Windows environment. I’m currently looking for a better XML viewer/validator if one exists, let me know if you have any recommendations.
gVim – vim for windows, need I say more? Freeware.
Oracle SQL Developer – Database administration tool for management of databases and writing queries.
WinSCP – Combined with a good editor, this application is a must have for connecting and modifying files on remote servers. Supports SSH/SCP, FTP, and STFP.
PuTTY Connection Manager – Consolidate multiple PuTTY windows into one window with a tabbed interface.
Liquid XML Studio – View XML documents and schemas with visual representations. Supports schema validation. Free if run in Community Mode.
The Regex Coach – Simple app that lets you write and test Perl compatible regular expressions. Freeware.
Total Commander – Takes awhile to get used to, but is much better than having to use Windows Explorer for file management and navigation. Shareware with onload nag screen.
Virtual Dimension – Multiple desktop/window application management software. Good for keeping your workspace organized. Enables window transparency, hotkeys, etc.
Taskix – Allows you to reorder and move applications displayed in the taskbar. Helpful when constantly switching between applications.
Workrave – Avoid overworking yourself and causing RSI with this app that allows you to set intermittent breaks. Includes several exercises.