ASP.NET - Looking for web development tools to supplement Visual Studio

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I've built a number of C# and VB.NET apps (console apps, WPF, and Windows Forms). I've also built a number of ASP.NET apps that work fine, but, I'm confident, do not conform with current industry standards. I'm looking to jump into a big ASP.NET project and I want to do it right. This includes Entity Framework, possibly MVC4, HTML5, CSS3 (with SASS), and jQuery (with some simple AJAX). I'm looking for development tools that supplement Visual Studio. I'm also looking for forums where these tools are discussed.
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I use quite frequently:

Fiddler for debugging raw HTML requests (helps with SASS development).
SoapUI can also be used for testing web services, both SOAP based and RESTful services.
LINQPad for building and testing LINQ queries.

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What's the current opinion on Dreamweaver for supplementing ASP.NET development?
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I've never used DW myself, but from what I am seeing, it seems that official support or ASP.NET within DW is no longer supported, and you must install a plugin in order to do ASP.NET.

Honestly, I can't see why you would want to use a 3rd party tool that wasn't specifically designed for the target environment. If it's simply an aversion to Visual Studio, then you might try SharpDevelop.
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>> Entity Framework, possibly MVC4, HTML5, CSS3 (with SASS), and jQuery (with some simple AJAX).
So, besides those, what kind of tools you think you will need? All this resources are good enough to produce industry-standard web sites.
Adding more tools may complicate your project maintainability and learning curve for your developers
HML5 can be a bit challenging, because not all browser support all HTML5 features and some features are not mature standards. In that case Modernizr (http://modernizr.com/) is a small and very useful library.
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i would suggest INFRAGISTICS.com


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jaime_olivares,

Thanks for the note of caution.

esskayb2d,

INFRAGISTICS.com sounds awesome!

dj_alik and kaufmed,

I'll look into all your suggestions.

Thanks to all!

J

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