BDEBUGER: watch list limit?

May 20, 2008
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Elkridge, MD, USA
Is there a limit of 30 variables for the debugger's watch list?

I would suggest:
1/ Increase the limit
2/ Provide a method to indicate "watch all variables"
3/ Provide an option that any watched variable moves to the top of the watch window when changed
--
Steve
 

rconn

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May 14, 2008
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Is there a limit of 30 variables for the debugger's watch list?

No.

I would suggest:
1/ Increase the limit
2/ Provide a method to indicate "watch all variables"

That's what the Environment window does.

3/ Provide an option that any watched variable moves to the top of the watch window when changed

I tried that early on, but it made it impossible to use the watch list, as you never knew where the variables were going to be.

When a variable changes, it is highlighted in red (in the watch and the Environment windows), so it's easy to see what changed.
 
Jan 19, 2011
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Norman, OK
When a variable changes, it is highlighted in red (in the watch and the Environment windows), so it's easy to see what changed.
Is it highlighted in red, as in there is a red background with white text, or is the text of the watched variable changed to red? If the latter, please modify it to the inverse as the former is difficult to distinguish for those of us who are colorblind.
 
May 29, 2008
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Groton, CT
Is it highlighted in red, as in there is a red background with white text, or is the text of the watched variable changed to red? If the latter, please modify it to the inverse as the former is difficult to distinguish for those of us who are colorblind.
I second that request. Red letters against a light background look enough like black letters so that the difference is usually lost for me. (OTOH, large splotches of red are usually easily distinguishable.)
 
May 20, 2008
3,515
4
Elkridge, MD, USA
From: rconn
| Steve Fabian:
|| Is there a limit of 30 variables for the debugger's watch list?
|
| No.

I tried to paste a list longer than 30 variables, but only the first 30 were entered, and - IIRC - I could not create more entries manually, either.
|
| Quote:
|| I would suggest:
|| 1/ Increase the limit
|| 2/ Provide a method to indicate "watch all variables"
|
| That's what the Environment window does.

Sorry, you answered what I wrote, not what I meant, which was "all variables modified in the batch file".

| Quote:
|| 3/ Provide an option that any watched variable moves to the top of
|| the watch window when changed
|
| I tried that early on, but it made it impossible to use the watch
| list, as you never knew where the variables were going to be.
|
| When a variable changes, it is highlighted in red (in the watch and
| the Environment windows), so it's easy to see what changed.


Others also mentioned already that the color change is not always easily noticable. I, too, think that color reversal is the easiest to notice.

I have not tested how this works with "run to breakpoint". I hope the highlighting applies to ALL watched variables that changed since the previous break.

Another desirable enhancement of the watch window (and possibly of the environment window) would be to provide multiple columns, similar to what "dir /w" does, to reduce scrolling. Any value longer than the display width could be displayed by "hovering".
--
Steve
 
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