VisualizerDevelopmentHost Class

VisualizerDevelopmentHost Class


Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.DebuggerVisualizers
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.DebuggerVisualizers (in Microsoft.VisualStudio.DebuggerVisualizers.dll)

public class VisualizerDevelopmentHost

The VisualizerDevelopmentHost type exposes the following members.

Public propertyDebuggeeObject

Public methodEqualsDetermines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodShowVisualizer()
Public methodShowVisualizer(Control)
Public methodShowVisualizer(IWin32Window)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

You can use this class to create a harness for testing and debugging a debugger visualizer. Visualizers are small custom applications called from the Visual Studio debugger to display data objects in a manner appropriate to their data type. The VisualizerDevelopmentHost class enables you to run a visualizer for testing and debugging purposes without installing the visualizer into Visual Studio. Using the harness makes debugging a visualizer much easier.

The following example code creates a visualizer development host and calls the host to show the visualizer. MyDataObject is the data object you want to show in the visualizer. MyVisualizer is the visualizer itself.

public static void TestShowVisualizer(object MyDataObject)
   VisualizerDevelopmentHost visualizerHost = new VisualizerDevelopmentHost (MyDataObject, typeof(MyVisualizer);

The calling code looks as follows:

String myString = "Hello, World!";  // Create an object to visualize
Visualizer1.TestShowVisualizer(myString);  // Call the host to visualize it

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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