With SharpDevelop you can debug your code without leaving the
Position the cursor on the line where you want your breakpoint
to be located, then click in the left hand margin of the text
editor to create the breakpoint. This puts a breakpoint icon
in the margin and highlights the line in red.
Alternatively you can select Toggle Breakpoint from the
Debug menu or use the keyboard shortcut F7.
To remove the breakpoint simply click the breakpoint icon or
select Toggle Breakpoint from the Debug menu.
Running the Debugger
To run your program under the debugger select Run from
the Debug menu.
Your program will then be started and SharpDevelop will change
the window layout of the development environment as it switches to
the Debug Layout.
To stop the debugger either let your program exit or select
Stop process from the Debug menu.
When a breakpoint is hit your program will be paused and the
next line to be executed is highlighted in yellow.
Whilst the program is paused you can execute the code line by
line using the Debug menu items.
Step into will call the method on the current line and stop at the first line of code inside the method.
Step over will execute the entire method on the current
line but it will not step into it.
Step out will finish executing the current method and
returns to its parent method.
Continue debugging will continue the program execution so
it is running just as it was before it was paused.
You may also want to skip over lines of code whilst you are
debugging or even to re-execute the same lines of code again. In
the text editor select the line of code you want to execute next,
right click and select Set current statement.
The selected line will then be highlighted in yellow and will be
the next line of code executed.
Whilst the program is paused you can view the current state of
variables and objects in order to diagnose problems. This is
covered in the following sections.
If you move the mouse over a variable SharpDevelop will display
a special tooltip called a data tip.
Data tips show more information than ordinary tooltips, allowing
you to explore an object's members. To see its members expand
the data tip by clicking the plus icon
The Local Variables window allows you to browse variables
defined in the function currently being executed, arguments passed
into the current function, fields and properties of the class where
the function is defined.
From the View menu select Debug and then Local
The Local Variables window is then displayed.
The Callstack window shows you the method calls currently
on the stack.
From the View menu select Debug and then
The Callstack window will then be displayed.
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