Norman Bucknor provides a great list of essential tools for Drupal developers. Many of these tools will help you immensely with your development process. If you are somewhat new to Drupal, make sure and check this out so you know what all of the best tools available are. Even if you are somewhat experienced, it can’t hurt to look over this list. For me personally, I didn’t discover some of these tools as early as I would have liked to.