A Progress Bar that Doesn’t Progress; Create a Debugger Visualizer

Sometimes you just need to show that you are doing something, even if you can’t say how long it is going to take. One effective way of illustrating this state is to display a cyclic animation. Building your own progress bar is probably the easiest part of this column; understanding how to use it in your own applications is the real trick. This article describes how to create a visualizer, using the Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 release, which enables you to customize the way data is displayed when you are debugging through managed code.


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