[Baypiggies] Possible future meeting topic

Fernando Perez fperez.net at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 18:07:51 CET 2008

On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 2:00 AM, Shannon -jj Behrens <jjinux at gmail.com> wrote:

> Coding in the shell is great, but sometimes coding in the debugger is
> like coding in the shell but with all the setup already taken care of
> ;)  It's a good trick when you want to code in the shell, but you're
> writing a Web app that requires a full request, etc. and you need to
> "look around" at all the data in the environ to figure out what to do.
>  2 minutes looking around in pdb saves 20 minutes looking through
> middleware documentation ;)

+1.  One of my favorite approaches is to simply drop an explicit


at the point in the code where I want to go rooting around.  Then run
the code (I'm obviously always working in ipython :) and type %debug
after the exception blows up.  This opens up a slightly nicer pdb
(with coloring and all-important tab completion), and I often find
what I need that way very quickly.

If you like this approach, for cases with more complex logic you may
find the embedded ipython trick useful:


One line of code and you have a full-blown ipython open at any point
inside your code.



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