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by Jiří {x2} Činčura

Introducing D.ebug

10 Jul 2019 .NET, .NET Core, Debugging

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of debugging often in code that needs to be executed certain way, from certain place and sometimes is also modified post-build a little. And sometimes more stuff, which I’ll not bother you with. And this makes debugging a tiny bit more difficult.

My often-used technique is to employ Debugger class from System.Diagnostics namespace. This allows you to launch debugger (by using Launch) when needed and also put breakpoint in the code (in my case often with some condition (yes, I know about conditional breakpoints)) (by using Break). And although everything works great with these two, I have basically two problems with these.

The first one is that I have to add System.Diagnostics into usings and also later remove it when done. Which sucks if you’re trying to poke the thing and see what breaks and then connect the dots. Or I have to use the whole name, which sucks even more.

And the second is that I have to distinguish between the Launch and Break. And at the beginning I often don’t have clear picture of what I’m doing and hence I don’t know what path the code will go through.

These two little niggles (and some other small ones) made me create D.ebug. It’s a extremely simple static class (D) with a single method (ebug) in a global namespace. It allows me to use anywhere without messing up with usings or writing long names. It also uses IsAttached property to decide whether to Break or Lanuch. Adn that’s what I often want. Stop at “this” line – either really just stopping the debugger or offering me to attach it if it’s not already attached. To make the stopping bit more smooth it also uses DebuggerHidden attribute.

It’s built for net40, netstandard1.0 and netstandard2.0 and available on NuGet as, wait for it, D.ebug.

Hope you’ll find it useful and feel free to bring your ideas.

Profile Picture Jiří Činčura is an independent developer focusing on data and business layers, language constructs, parallelism and databases. Specifically Entity Framework, asynchronous and parallel programming, cloud and Azure. He's Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and you can read his articles, guides, tips and tricks at www.tabsoverspaces.com.