[Idle-dev] IDLE debugger

Tal Einat taleinat at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 13:57:18 CEST 2006

On Mar 5 2002, Edward K. Ream posted this on c.l.py:

> I am beginning to think that IDLE's debugger suffers from a vicious
> cycle:
> 1. Nobody uses IDLE's debugger, so
> 2. Nobody complains about its glaring deficiencies, so
> 3. Nothing gets fixed, so (back to one)
I think this is still true. I use IDLE all the time, but when I need to
debug I just use pdb. This is silly, GUI can make debugging so much better!
I think this is the #1 lacking feature in IDLE today, and I would like to
get to work at this.

How do you guys feel? Is anyone out there using IDLE's debugger? I'd love to
hear what people like / dislike about it.

I haven't much experience with the newer IDEs out there (for .NET, Java,
...), some of which I have heard have good graphical debuggers. I'd really
love to hear what people like (or dislike) about other debuggers, to see if
such features (or better ones) can be implemented for IDLE.

- Tal
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