Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Scratchpad Tools

Whenever I want to test out some small C# code I use the excellent LINQPad. It's great as a quick scratchpad for everything from a couple of lines of code to a small program. You can reference your own class libraries so it's great for performance testing. I also use it a lot to transform files. The free version is nice but if you can swing it, Pro is worth it just for the auto-completion.

For JavaScript testing and debugging it's hard to beat JSFiddle. I use it often and like the ability to save and share snippets of JS. I was interested when I found .NET Fiddle online. Could it offer the same versatility of LINQPad and the online sharing of JSFiddle.

I took the code from my last blog post and pasted it in .NET Fiddle. Interestingly by default code is evaluated and run as you enter it (you can turn this option off by setting Auto Run to 'No'). The first thing that occurred was that I got this error message:

Fatal Error: Memory usage limit was exceeded

Apparently the number of iterations in my test loop was too many. Once I dialed that back to 100,000 the code ran fine. This code is pretty basic and not creating a lot of large objects so this limit seems low. Also looks like no GC is running so this limit my hinder other tests.

It does have a 'Share' link that gives you either a direct link to the fiddle or a widget that you can embed directly in a blog post. Here is the widget for this post:

Definitely a nice tool for sharing code but think I will stick with LINQPad for most of my scratchpad needs.

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