LINQ to Entity Visualizer by ThinqLinq

LINQ to Entity Visualizer

When demonstrating the LINQ tools, I typically start out showing the LINQ to SQL visualizer that’s available with the C# Samples. Today I saw that Raja Venkatesh has released a Visualizer for ObjectQuery<T> (aka. LINQ to Entities). As you do with the other visualizers, you enable this by simply saving the AnySourceEntityQueryVisualizer.dll to your Visualizers directory. )Note: :the download page specifies to copy it to your C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Packages\Debugger\Visualizers. However, Windows 7 blocks saving files there by default. Alternatively, you can copy it to your My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Visualizers.

Once you install it, put a breakpoint after your query is declared. If you hover over the query variable, you should see the magnifying glass indicating the debugger visualizer:

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Clicking on the magnifying glass brings you to a screen that shows the Expression, projected SQL, and Connection properties. If you click “Execute”, you will see the server log and a grid with the results.

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If you want to try it out, feel free to download it from the Visual Studio Gallery page for the LINQ to Entity Visualizer. I’ll be adding a linq to this on my LINQ Tool list as well.

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