Most Everything the Immediate Window Can Do the Watch Window Can Do Better
Posted: 2/29/2008 2:53:29 PM
saw a post
on oh null!
that talks about how you can evaluate
expressions within the immediate window, whether you're simply
retrieving a variable or performing a calculation on multiple
variables. I personally like to do all of this in the Watch Window
because I can have an easy history of what variables I've interrogated.
Like the immediate window, you can call Methods and display the
results, but since methods can change state, they will not execute
automatically after you step into a new line of code, but there is a
nice little refresh button that will re-execute your method call.
As I understand it, the watch window is a wrapper around the simpler
functionality of the immediate window, so it also supports
Intellisense. But there are some things that you can only do in the
immediate window, like the .load [dll] command which lets you import
another assembly for your use, which is pretty damn slick. I've only
ever really used that feature in one scenario: to load the Son of
Strike assembly which helps you get detailed information on your
executable (very detailed call stack info, very granular heap
information, but kind of hard to use).
Another cool thing you can do in your immediate window:
Declare new variables. Those variables will have the same scope as the
current breakpoint in execution, but the ability opens the doors to
some neat possibilities. For instance, you could declare a new
variable, copy a subset of information from your current in scope
variables and then use my Xml Utility Methods
to copy your new object
out to disk! I'm not quite sure why you would need to do that, but its
nice to be able to!
Tags: Tips and Tricks