Author Topic: Is there any way to open a console window from the API?  (Read 7193 times)

Akira Q.

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So I went through the tutorial on how to set up a MusicBee plugin on the wiki, but I was wondering if there was any way to just open a standard console window.
Forms are good but just having something which I could easily send text to (especially with my very rudimentary C# knowledge) would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
(Just as a note, I tried just doing a standard write to the console and tried a few things in settings but I couldn't get anything working)

Rotom

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If it's for piping the output of one program to another, not really sure how I'd go about that, but if it's for debugging a plugin and you're using Visual Studio, you could use Debug.WriteLine(). Remember to import the System.Diagnostics namespace though:

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using System.Diagnostics;

inderkumar

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Having a standard console window can indeed be useful, especially for sending text easily.
While I'm not familiar with the specific requirements of MusicBee, in C#, you can use the AllocConsole function from the kernel32.dll library to create a new console window. Alternatively, you can redirect the standard input/output using the Console class in C# to achieve similar functionality.
If you're still looking for more guidance or examples, https://www.zaptest.com/grey-box-testing-what-is-it-types-process-tools might have some helpful resources. They provide insights into grey box testing, which could potentially offer some valuable information related to your question.
I hope this helps, and best of luck with your MusicBee plugin development!
Last Edit: June 05, 2023, 02:30:13 PM by inderkumar