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As an independent software developer/consultant starting my career in the early '90s, I was exposed to a large number of different working environments and challenges. My specialty for a while was HP C++ and Motif (often using Interface Architect) on HP-UX, but over the years I migrated towards Sun's C++ and GCC compilers along with X Designer on Solaris. Regardless of the compiler or platform or challenge, there were a couple of tools I always had to have on hand Purify and Quantify (now available from IBM Rational), because they were absolutely invaluable in helping identify subtle problems in C and C++ code. However, as the '90s drew to a close, I became an independent Java developer, and things like memory analysis, for example, wasn't necessary. Java's got a garbage collector after all, so we don't have to worry about that sort of thing, do we? Some of you are... (more)