Wing IDE 3: Debugging and the Debug Probe [ID:400] (2/2)

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video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald and Stephan Deibel, added 11/07

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Wing IDE 3 Pro has some very powerful development and debugging tools. Here I give you a guide to developing, testing and debugging your first application.

Wingware also provide several methods for technical support including an active user mail-list.

Topics covered:

  • The Exception tool
  • Conditional Breakpoints
  • Debug I/O window
  • Debug Probe
  • Looking at variables inside a live process (Debug Probe , Stack Data tool)
  • Developing new code whilst debugging our application

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I recently purchased the Wind IDE 3 professional mostly because of these training videos. During these two sessions I learned about features that would've taken days to get to, if at all. It would be great to see more of these.

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17. anonymous Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:55

Stepping through the debug probe was very helpful.

Excellent video. Really points up the value of Wings.

15. anonymous Sun, 07 Jun 2009 15:34

To see wing debugging feature

14. anonymous Fri, 22 May 2009 10:05

For students and faculty, we do have educational pricing and for use of Wing IDE Pro with courses, we can offer additional discounts and/or free licenses. Please email sales at wingware dot com for details.

Thank you ... very interesting.

Being faculty, buying the professional version does not seem a possibility as my funds are quite limited and I want to use something that the students can also afford. I downloaded the free 101 version and the debugging in it looks to be quite helpful, but it does not have the parts that speed-up the job of writing the code.

Any suggestions for best options for something free or very low cost?

Thanks again.

My company had already purchased a copy of Wing IDE for me. But it has been a while since I used it and I found several useful tips during the demo.

I'd love to see more "cool tips" for using Wing IDE.

11. anonymous Tue, 07 Oct 2008 21:29

Really nice intro. I missed the 'debug probe' stuff in my first stumble through Wing---glad you pointed it out. Wing is *much* better than my first encounter with it led me to believe. I just needed a bit of guidance. Thanks!

I was just looking at this IDE a few hours before I saw this video. Your Overview video helped me tremendosly, in learning the basic features that WingWare offers in this IDE. Thank you. ...Tim

Good screencast, Ian! Fellow developers recommended Wing IDE and this gave me a good idea of its capabilities.

I am new to Python and have been looking at Wing as a potential IDE. This was a great quick start guide to the software, many thanks.

7. anonymous Sat, 05 Apr 2008 08:25

I'm glad I found this web and specially this tutorial. I was going to forget about wingIDE because it's not free and I don't work with Python. But now I'm going to try it. Thanks

6. anonymous Wed, 26 Mar 2008 18:51

Great tutor, I have been using Wing for about a year now but never really played with the debug probe. I will now. It would have saved me 1/3 the time on my last project.

Pretty powerful IDE.

Wing does have support specifically for debugging Python code running under Zope (see but debugging Page Templates is not currently possible (sorry!)

Neat stuff! Thank you -- now only if debugging Zope, especially Page Templates, would work as well (wishful thinking :-))

Cool I picked up a little trick. I didn't know about the the little tool-tips you get when you hover over an object during debugging.

Thats very convenient.

Thanks Ian.

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