[Python-ideas] Debugging: some problems and possible solutions
Stephen J. Turnbull
turnbull.stephen.fw at u.tsukuba.ac.jp
Sun Oct 7 08:31:21 EDT 2018
Jonathan Fine writes:
> I'm thinking of providing a builtin debug() command
"Command" doesn't make much sense in this context. I presume you mean
> that 'does the right thing' according to the context. And the
> context would include the user's preferences. Which might be to use
> the print command in your devtools package.
"Do what I mean" is inappropriate for a built-in because you have no
idea who might be calling it. I can see an API (say, that of class
Pdb ;-) and various implementations (starting with Pdb and finally
evolving as Jonathan Fine's Magic Mind-Reading Debugging Environment).
Wait, wut???!!! Look here:
> I suggest the builtin debug() would determine the API, and provide a
> reference implementation. And that many users (perhaps through their
> IDE) would choose a different implementation.
The necessary builtin for this is already available. Its name is
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