Changes to Visual Studio 2015 XAML debugging tools in RC

XAML Debugging Tools in Review

In my last review of the new Visual Studio 2015 XAML debugging tools (xaml-debugging-tools-vs-snoop) I found a lot to like but a few key shortcomings compared to what has been available in Snoop.

Now that the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015 has been released the tools are farther along and closer to what their final state will be at RTM. So how are things progressing? Pretty well!

Most of the key features I identified last time are the same but getting more polished overall. Most of the new changes are in the Live Property Explorer.

Property Explorer in VS 2015 RC

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Visual Studio 2015 XAML debugging tools from a Snoop perspective

*Update for new RC features: http://codemindinterface.com/2015/05/changes-to-visual-studio-2015-xaml-debugging-tools-in-rc/

Anyone who has done a significant amount of work in WPF is probably familiar with XAML debugging tools like Snoop. A few other tools have come along since with similar functionality that also works across different XAML platforms, but for WPF Snoop still packs a punch. Finally, after almost a decade, Visual Studio is getting the kind of visual tree debugging that’s been an essential part of XAML development (and it will work on all XAML platforms). But given that the tools are brand new (actually still in pre-release, CTP6, as of now) and live inside VS itself rather than a standalone app, how do they stack up? (more…)

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