Saturday, October 31, 2015

Alive let's you code C# "live"

Programming is a curious thing. You have to imagine what the code you're writing will do once it's finished, but sometimes what you think you'll get and what you actually get are two completely different things. Alive is Visual Studio plugin that allows you to better see what's going on, in real time.

C# is one of the friendlist programming languages out there, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's quirks and surprises. Even professional coders might end up wasting hours trying to find a simple bug, and the usual, edit, execute, debug, repeat, quickly becomes tiresome. This Alive truly is a breath of fresh air.

Instead of the usual debug process, Alive allows us to debug our code while we're coding it, and does it in a very visually interesting way. It actually feels like you have someone looking out for your code and ensuring it does what it's actually meant to do.

There's only one small issue that keeps it from being absolutely perfect: it's not free - but hey, developers have to pay their rent too, don't they?Beside, it all comes down to figuring out just how much your time is worth, and how much grievances Alive can save you from. Alive costs $99 for single developers and $299 for companies - but you can give it a sping for free for 30 days.

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