\n I'm getting ready to post another tutorial up on Wordpress Hacking, but until it's ready, here is a list of the tools I find indispensable to the hacking of Wordpress.
\t*Netbeans: I use soooo many functions in Netbeans to help out. I have a template for making plugins, all my code in proper projects, so neatly orginized. If you want to trace a function in Wordpress, Find in Project is a great place to start. *Firefox: I use Firefox with a slew of plugins. Firebug, Web Developer, Scribefire, Wordpress Helper, Colorzilla.. *cssed is a nifty little css editor with a ton of great features. I use it to help track down css issues that Netbeans can't help me with. *Because even under linux, I have to develop sites that render on all browsers, I use IEs4linux to run all the versions of IE that I need under wine without all the hassle!!
Another few tricks I can share..
*I have a dirctory under home called sources. Here I keep all the source code for all my projects. This includes a trunk dir for the latest WP builds. *I load each project from source in Netbeans. I keep the source in sources but I create a directory under Netbeans for any NB data. *Make sure you are automatically pushing the source from sources to your local webserver. This way you can preview your work "live" before uploading it *Get the MySQL GUI tools! I cannot stress this enough. PHPMYADMIN is great, but it is not as secure as a local app that connects to your db. Plus, you get a lot of enterprise level features from the official GUI.
That all for now kids. Have fun!!