[Idle-dev] IDLE debugger

Blaine Booher frikker at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 17:09:45 CEST 2006

I'll say this: I use IDLE exclusively, but I have not looked into any
"advanced features".  I have always been very minimal when it comes to
debugging, so pdb is a saving grace to me.  I wasn't aware there was a
debugger in IDLE, but as I said I haven't looked too hard.  What kind of
deficiencies does it have?  Does it use pdb or is it completely seperate?


On 9/7/06, Tal Einat <taleinat at gmail.com> wrote:
>  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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