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Not merely playing the devils advocate here, but what exactly do you mean by "the tools are great"? I have heard that numerous times about MS stuff, but I don't really get it.

I find that the oss/linux/socialist camp has some excellent tools available. But maybe you mean something different by "tools" than I do.

Visual Studio is excellent. I have my doubts about MSBuild, but the actual code-wrangling side is very good.

Doubly so if you plump for ReSharper.

No hidden message - I just meant that from my perspective, the tools are really nice. I use Visual Studio 2010 with Resharper for .NET development. I use Red Gate's tools for database management.

There's plenty of great FOSS stuff. I didn't intend for my message to suggest otherwise.

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