How many times have you found yourself looking at some text you have URL encoded only to be unsure what those percentage signs represent? I have been developing for the web for years but the life of me I can never remember what all the URL encoding conversions become. So I never remember what an encoded question mark looks like or the encoded equal sign.
Not to mention the fact that Base64 is inherently illegible!
What I have always wanted was a quick way to look at types so that I can quickly understand what it was transformed from or to.
The Visual Studio team really impressed me with the DataTable Visualizer released with 17.4, but in the latest preview release I see the Debugger team built new experiences with the Text Visualizer that include:
- Base64 Encode
- Base64 Decode
- URL Encode
- URL Decode
- JWT Decode
Now when I am presented with URL encoded text, I am just a couple clicks from decoding it to something I understand:
This is infinitely more helpful JWT and Base64 decoding. Love it!