The Object-as-Source-Code Debugger Visualizer is a Debugger Visualizer that displays C# source code that will generate the .Net object chosen in the debugger. In other words: It will serialize the object as C# source text.
Its main purpose is to generate an object graph for input into a unit test. The specific use case it was made for is testing code that processed the results of a
LLBLGen Pro LINQ query.
It is essentially a Debugger Visualizer wrapper around a modified version of
Download x or y, you will be presented with this install screen:
You may need to run it as admin to install for all users.
As well as this
Debugger Visualizer for Visual Studio the source code generation functionality is exposed in the
GridDataEditor and hence available in any tools that uses it such as the
LLBLGen Pro LINQPad Driver and
LLBLGen Entity Browser
At the time I wrote this tool, late 2014, none of these other tools did quite what I needed.
Using the Source Code Generation API
The class is here
CSharpSerializer.cs, the method to call is CSharpSerializer.SerializeToCSharp, unit tests are here
Example calling from LINQPad using the
LLBLGen Pro LINQPad Driver against the Northwind DB.
which creates code like this:
// Object Literal
// Globally Excluded Properties:
public static class ResultContainer
public static object Result()
var entityCollection9082615 = new EntityCollection<CustomerEntity>
Address = "Obere Str. 57",
City = "Berlin",
which is runnable in LINQPad