XML Visualizer for Visual Studio .NET 2003


Michael Bouck sent me mail about a cool "holiday project" add-in he was working on to create a visualizer for XML that you can use in VS2003. It is worth checking out and leaving some feedback for him on the workspace.

Home Page: http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/xmlviz.

Description Via Project Home

XML Visualizer for Visual Studio .NET 2003 (XMLVIZ) allows you to visualize most XML and XML-backed data sources during runtime a la Whidbey's "debugger visualizers". The difference is you don't have to wait for VS.NET 2005 because XMLVIZ will work with your copy of VS.NET 2003 today!

XMLVIZ is implemented as a VS.NET add-in and, once installed, is activated by highlighting any supported, initialized type instance during a debugging session, right-clicking on the selection to bring-up the context menu, and selecting the "XML Visualizer" menu item. The add-in will then grab the XML out of the selected target instance and display it on a modal dialog along with the schema (if available). For ADO.NET types, the data is also bound to a grid to allow navigation, row-filtering, and row version inspection.

Currently supported types (including derived) are: DataSet, DataTable, DataRow/DataRow[]/DataRowCollection (attached), DataView, DataRowView/DataRowView[] (attached), DataViewManager, XPathNavigator, types implementing IXPathNavigable, well-formed XML in strings, or any XML-serializable type.

Josh

Comments (6)

  1. Patrick says:

    Unfortunate that there is no VB.Net version, because this looks like a very helpful plugin.

  2. Current version supports C# only but support is in place to easily extend it to other languages (just involves translating the 20 or so C# expression bindings in a single file). Community involvement will definitely get it done a lot faster though!

  3. Just posted build 0.9.3.0 with beta VB.NET support — go get it!

  4. Mihai says:

    hi. did you took the project down ? I cannot download it and I would really like to try it. thx

  5. Josh Ledgard says:

    The gotdotnet site is having issues this week. I might try again later next week.

  6. Yes, GDN Workspaces has been having issues but the site is back up. If availability continues to be an issue I might be mirroring the code over on ProjectDistributor as well…

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