Wow! Directed Network Graphs available in VS 2010 – but no standalone viewer:(

VSTS 2010 includes an amazing tool to visualize network graphs based on the DGML (directed graph) xml format. From what i’ve seen, this xml format is almost identical to the commonly used GraphML format (as used by the java and flash based prefuse and flare), at least for the basic attributes (nodes, links, source, target etc.). The tool is part of the VS2010 Architecture Explorer, and allows developers to visualize relationships between code segements/classes.

Unfortunately, it appears that there is no standalone ‘graph viewer’ available outside of VS (microsoft missed out on a trick here, that would have been a brilliant app ability!). The best DGML tutorials and vids are available on the Skinner and Chris Lovett blogs, at least until VS comes out of beta.

On the bright side, iv’e read that DGML is powered by MSAGL – a Microsoft product for automatic graph layout ($99 for a limited time, otherwise $280).

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