What tools do you consider essential in your SharePoint development toolkit?

One answer per tool please so the community can vote!

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I use only SharePointDesigner2010 and InfoPath2010. These are good too.


SharePoint Feature Admin Tool - for taming and nuking rogue features orphaned during caffeine fueled development sessions.

Along with the following handy powershell commands to force delete broken features.

Get-SPFeature | ? { $_.Scope -eq $null }
Get-SPFeature | ? { !$_.Scope } | % { $_.Delete() }

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