Visualizer Heaven


One of the features that I’m most looking forward to in Visual Studio “Whidbey” is visualizers.   



As you can see (no pun intended) in the XML visualizer above, visualizers are a useful and very powerful way to help debug applications, but how does one actually create a custom visualizer?  Good News, ScottNo blogged on how you can create your own custom visualizers!  Definitely check it out, and send Scott your requests/ideas for other visualizers


I envision all of the VSIP and other 3rd-party component vendors could use visualizers to create rich visualizations of their custom data types, and developers creating their own visualizers for commonly used features like:



  • Generic collections

  • Hierarchical data (trees, linked lists)

  • ObjectSpaces

  • ASP.NET Session State, ViewState, Cache

and much more…


 

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