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Tools of the Trade |
Tools of the Trade
Our core business is software development, and these are the tools
we most often use, by development environment (the three major
Operating Systems we support). Below are links to either the main
support site for the tool, or where you can download the publicly
We should state up front that we unabashedly and enthusiastically
support open source and publicly available software (ala GNU, Linux,
Perl and a raft of others). If we can find a solid tool in the
public domain (or with a liberal usage license) then we use it. There
are a few commercial products below, which we could not live without
(we consider them the "best of breed") and suggest their continued
Favorite Tools List
We currently actively develop on the following platforms/operating
systems: Sun Solaris, either
8 or 9, Linux (Specifically
Red Hat (8.0, 9 and RHEL 3.0) and
Santa Cruz Operation (SCO)
OpenServer 5.x. The Following list contains our favorite development
tools. The Links at the end of the line are operating system specific
(with PKG for Sun package format, RPM for Red Hat Package format, and
SCO for SCO specific installation format).
Microsoft Windows 9X, NT 4.0 & 2000 ...
We don't really develop anything on Windows platforms (nothing against Microsoft, just
not our bailiwick) but do support several heterogeneous networks with Windows boxes attached.
The following has been found useful and has almost become a standard set to install:
Cygnus (Now Red Hat)'s GNU tools for the Win32 world (CygWin32) - The only way to migrate from the Unix world and just plain better than all other "scripting" and development tools (with all the unix and GNU beauties). Can't say enough about it. Warning: this baby is BIG (30MB+).
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) - The only way to encrypt files, e-mail and just about anything else.
WinZip - Supplanted PKZIP as the de-facto archive utility. Accept no substitutes.
Ws_FTP95 from Ipswitch, Inc - A very clever FTP client with an addictive GUI interface.
Adobe Acrobat Reader - The de-facto Internet Document (PDF) reader.
CRT from Van Dyke Technologies - A vastly superior telnet client compared to the native Microsoft version.
Norton Utilities - The required operating system utility for Windows environments.
Norton AntiVirus - The only antivirus software we recommend (and use in-house).
Norton Ghost - The only sane way to backup a Windows NT environment.
DiskKeeper from Executive Software - The only disk defragmenter we recommend for Windows NT (NTFS).
ActivePerl from ActiveState - The Windows 32bit Perl implementation of choice, now with ActivePython too!
Netscape Communicator - The Lymeware Windows browser of choice (no flames please).
VNC from AT&T Research - A FREE full PCAnywhere (tm) replacement for Win32, Unix, Linux and more. Saves traveling to remote win32 servers (TTU from the miners!).