What free and preferably open source development tools for windows would you recommend?
Currently, I use MinGW for C/C++, Sun's SDK for java, and the Crimson Editor or Notepad++ for editing and Eclipse for my IDE.
Microsoft limits what you can do with the code you create with the Express versions of Visual Studio so as far as I am concerned it doesn't count as free development tool. I see them more as a training tool for the paid version of Visual Studios.
Subversion for version control, and TortoiseSVN as a front end if you are on Windows.
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- Visual Studio 2008 Express versions
- Windows PowerShell
- Tortoise SVN