Visualizer is a new cool feature of Visual Studio.NET 2005 debugger. It is exactly what I was looking for visualizing ADO.NET’s DataSet data thus I decided to write my own visualizer. And here it is. You are welcome to download, use and discuss it.
RightHand.DataSet.Visualizer is an MDI application that lets you inspect DataSet structure and its data plus tons of other useful operations on DataSet right from within debugger. This version has a time limitation. See File/About box for the expiration date.
Why would I need a DataSet visualizer?
How often does a .net programmer wonder what data a dataset holds? It is certainly not easy to see the data in regular debugger windows. It is even harder to check the structure of DataSet or find which row has an error or which row has been changed. Or even which column of a row has been changed. If you ever worked with either normal or strong typed datasets you should see what I mean.
That’s why the fine folks at Microsoft introduced visualizers – a debugger feature that makes the inspection of complicated data easier. Even Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 already ships a DataSet visualizer (and some others, such as Text, HTML and XML) which is pretty ascetic. Is there a better replacement? Yes, welcome to RightHand.DataSet.Visualizer, a powerful tool that lets you do almost anything on a DataSet including extraordinary UI feedback.
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