Jan 26 2005

CodeTester – 1.0.1852.18766

Published by at 1:06 pm under CodeTester

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This is a very rough and read initial release of a little code tester I have written for VB.NET in VB.NET.

The idea of this tool is to allow programmers to be able to test little snippets of code they find on the internet without having to fire up a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio or SharpDevelop.

The current list of features provided:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Textbox output area
  • Listbox output area
  • User defined linked assemblies
  • Dynamic compilation (error identification)
  • Output of execution exceptions

This is only a few of the features and as I get the chance to work on the tool I’m sure I’ll be adding a few more. The current incarnation of the CodeTester is already very flexible, I’ve even been able to create a working cut-down version of the CodeTester within itself.

Because CodeTester is written in VB.NET I haven’t bothered to package it in an installer. All you have to do is extract the zip file and so long as you have got .NET Framework 1.1 installed on your machine it should run. Please note that I have only tested this under Windows XP and I make no promise that it will run under any other OS (although it should). I have also come across issues whereby the dynamic compilation stops work for no apparent reason, and because the code you write is able to access the main form (for result output) it is possible to very easily crash the whole program.

I shall (when I have the time) post some code snippets for you to try out, or you could head over to the Code Project and try some of the code from that site.

Download: CodeTester.1.0.1852.18766.zip

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