Visual Studio is a combine harvester of an IDE. It performs so mant functions that it is easy to get lost.
I started sting to write an extension to VS.NET to allow me to use the command-line from within VS. I was trying to use the VSIP to add a managed window. Partway through the listed steps it asked me to look at the View | Other Windows menu. I could not find the window that I had defined but I did find the follwing:
- Call Browser
- Command Window
- Object Test Bench
The call browser could be worth future investigation.
Object Test Bench allows objects to be created from the IDE. This could be great for ad-hoc testing. (Although I typically used the TestDriven.NET which allows the test this method or test with debugger).
The Command Window looks much more useful. It contains a wonderful set of commands and is user-extensible. I can see this becoming really useful.
Here is the list of available commands.