I love addins! I can't help it... I just love seeing my Visual Studio get more powerful doing more for me. pdDataWatch is a tool that I've needed for awhile. It's an addin that lets me view the data in datasets/datareaders at debug time.
So enough copywriting (somehow I got in that mode.. sorry). Is it cool or what? Yeah, I think it's cool. Is it a must have? I dunno it depends. It definitely makes life easier when you are trying to track down a data issue. BTW, it's more than just an addin; In standalone mode, you can connect it to any datasource and run sql against the data that is returned. It definitely gets a thumbs up as a product.
I had no problems getting the product up and running. I did have to view a few minutes of their tutorial to figure it out. When I do this part of the review I try to get up and running as fast as I can. I was up and running fairly quickly with this product. So thumbs up.
Install was seamless. No glitches. Nothing is squawking at me when I launch Visual Studio. It gets an easy thumbs up.
Functionality is way cool when you think about it. I know I can't possibly be the only person perplexed with a problem only to realize that the issue was bad data. This makes it easy to view the data. The standalone mode is cool (but I haven't found it compelling). It is a natural addition to the main product and it does support any datasource. Overall Thumbs up.
BTW, the price is right. You can get it over at Xtras.Net for$98.
[sorry that most of my reviews are thumbs up. When I find a bad product, I never really want to review it unless I'm doing a public service].