This is a research project into whether or not it is feasible to enable real time state output of a method while it is being written in a full sized .NET project. The original inspiration for this comes from Bret Victor's Inventing on Principle talk.
There is currently a prototype extension to Visual Studio 2012 as well as a standalone client.
This is mostly undocumented, hack-filled prototype code. You have been warned.
- Portable library projects are not supported.
- There is no visualization for multiple threads.
- Infinite loop detection is not perfect (false positives, false negatives).
- Visual Studio extension performs poorly (especially when debugging it).
- Method signatures must be on a single line
For more details on the limitations, see Instant 0.1
- .NET 4.5 RTM
Visual Studio 2012 RTM Pro is required for the extension. For hacking on it, the Visual Studio 2012 SDK is also required.
- Launch the
- Bring up the quick fix menu for a method (either by hovering over the line, or pressing CTRL+. with your cursor on the method).
- Enter your code to call this method. This can be multiple lines to setup arguments.