Expression Tree Visualizer Sample (Visual Basic)
The Expression Tree Visualizer sample is a working implementation of a visualizer that can be run inside the Visual Studio debugger to view the contents of an expression tree.
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The Expression Tree Visualizer can be used in a debug environment to visualize expressions. To use the visualizer, you must copy the DLL that is generated by the ExpressionTreeVisualizer project to \Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Visualizers. You may have to create the Visualizers folder. In Windows XP and earlier versions, use the My Documents directory instead of Documents. If you have appropriate permissions, you can also copy the file to the following folder: \Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008\Common7\Packages\Debugger\Visualizers.
This sample code is intended to illustrate a concept, and it shows only the code that is relevant to that concept. It may not meet the security requirements for a specific environment, and it should not be used exactly as shown. We recommend that you add security and error-handling code to make your projects more secure and robust. Microsoft provides this sample code "AS IS" with no warranties.
To run this sample
To use the Visualizer, copy the DLL that is generated by the ExpressionTreeVisualizer project to the following location:
In Windows XP: My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Visualizers
In Windows Vista: Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Visualizers
The Expression Tree Visualizer can be used in a debug environment to visualize expressions.
This console program provides the ability to host the visualizer outside Visual Studio without having to copy the DLL.
The visualizer window sometimes becomes hidden if you run this program in console mode. If you encounter this problem, try using the GuiHost application instead of the ExpressionTreeVisualizer application.
For more information, see Expression Trees.