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Entrian Inline Watch 0.8.6: More object formatting power!

Friday, August 14th, 2015 by Richie Hindle

I’ve just published Inline Watch 0.8.6, which includes this new feature:

  • You can now control the maximum length of the displayed values

and a bunch of features related to custom formatting of object instances:

  • Integer arithmetic in object formats, eg. {right-left} to display the width of a rectangle
  • Pointer arithmetic, eg. {m_str+4} where your string actually starts at an offset
  • Array indexing, eg. {m_arr[N]} where you want to display the N’th member of an array, where N can be a literal, {m_arr[4]} or another member, {m_arr[m_index]}
  • Specifying the length of a string (when your string is long, or not null-terminated), again with a literal, {m_str,8}, or another member {m_str,{m_len}}
  • Displaying braces now requires them to be backslash escaped – see the next example:
  • Force hex or decimal display in object formats, so if you always want your Point instances to be displayed in decimal like this: {50, 100} even if the Visual Studio debugger is set to hex display, you can say \{{m_x,d}, {m_y,d}\}. Use an x to get hex display.

Here’s an example that demonstrates some of these features.  (It’s based on a customer example – they have a C++ string class whose string buffer includes a leading reference count, and is not NUL-terminated but instead has a length member.)

struct Formatting
  const char *s;     // 4-byte refcount then an unterminated string.
  int len;           // Number of chars in the string, counting from s+4.
  const char *a[3];  // An array of three C-style strings.
  int current;       // Which of the three strings is the 'current' one?

    s = "\x1\x2\x3\x4TextGARBAGEGARBAGE...";
    len = 4;
    a[0] = "Zero";
    a[1] = "One";
    a[2] = "Two";
    current = 1; // "One" is the string to display.

With an object formatting rule like this:

\{{s + 4,{len}}, {a[current]}\}

a Formatting instance displays like this: {“Text”, “One”}

You can download the new release from the download page or the gallery.

Entrian Source Search 1.5.3: VS2015, Preview Tab, High-Contrast Theme, Bugfixes

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Richie Hindle

I’m pleased to announce Entrian Source Search 1.5.3:

  • Support for Visual Studio 2015 is now out of Beta status – many thanks to those that tried it out during its Beta period.
  • All the Source Search commands now have toolbar icons in the “Customize” dialog of Visual Studio 2015, where previously some of them had blank icons.  Also note that the Source Search commands are under the “Tools” category in VS2015 rather than “Addins”. (Thanks, Hans-Peter).
  • Preview Tab support: If you’ve enabled “Allow new files to be opened in the preview tab” then Source Search will now respect that (thanks, Martin and Mike).
  • Indexing performance: The initial scan of your solution when you open it in Visual Studio is now more efficient, and has less impact on your PC’s performance (thanks, Frederic).
  • High contrast theme support: Source Search now works properly with the Windows High Contrast theme (thanks, Martin).
  • The Autosuggest dropdown no longer stops working after you reload a solution without closing Visual Studio (thanks, Daniel).
  • Bugfix to shared indexes: when you have two instances of Visual Studio open, each with a different solution open but sharing the same Source Search index, changing the options in one instance now also applies your changes to the second (thanks, Chris).
  • When you restart Visual Studio, the Source Search tool window reappears correctly (thanks, Huy).
  • It’s no longer possible to accidentally remove all inclusion patterns from your index settings, and therefore have an index with no files in it (thanks, Mark).

Entrian Source Search is a free upgrade to all licensed users, and a 30-individual-day trial for everyone else.  You can download it from the download page.


PS. Have you seen Entrian’s new product, Inline Watch? It displays the values of variables inline in your source code, updated live as you step through your code.  If you’ve ever used the Visual Studio debugger, I think you’ll like it:

You can read all about in on the Inline Watch homepage.  I’d love to hear your opinion!

New: Entrian Inline Watch displays live variable values inline in your code as you debug

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 by Richie Hindle

I’m really excited to announce a new product from Entrian Solutions: Entrian Inline Watch.

It displays the values of variables inline in your source code, updated live as you step through your code:

Animation of Entrian Inline Watch in action

You can see the live values right there in the source, rather than having to hover over them with the mouse, or find them in the Watch windows.

As soon as you land in a function, or at a breakpoint, you can see the values of your function parameters and variables instantly.

It makes debugging almost pleasant.  You and your team need it.  :-)

Entrian Inline Watch works with Visual Studio 2010, 2012, 2013 or 2015; any edition except Express.

It works with both Managed and Native debugging; in C++, C#, and VB.

It’s free during the Beta period, with builds timing out after a few weeks.  Once it’s out of Beta it will cost $29 per developer, or $24 with a volume discount.

Download it from the download page, read the fine manual and the FAQ, and let me know what you think!  (And bear in mind it’s in Beta, and therefore does not carry a no-weirdness guarantee.)


Entrian Attach 1.3.1: Supports Visual Studio 2015, plus Wildcards

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 by Richie Hindle

I’m pleased to announce the release of Entrian Attach 1.3.1:

  • Now supports Visual Studio 2015.
  • You can now specify a wildcard pattern like C:\MyDir\*.exe (thanks, Jason).
  • Fixed a bug with attaching to processes in non-English versions of Visual Studio (thanks, Bruno).

You can download Entrian Attach 1.3.1 from the Download page.

Entrian Source Search 1.5.2 Beta: Now supports Visual Studio 2015

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by Richie Hindle

Entrian Source Search now works with Visual Studio 2015 (as well as remaining compatible with all versions back to 2005).

This is a Beta release – it’s been tested by several people (thanks, everyone!) and proved stable, but until it’s had a wider audience, it’ll keep the Beta label.

You can download 1.5.2 Beta from the Source Search download page, and please let me know if you find any problems (or, even better, if you don’t!)

(Entrian Attach will also be gaining support for Visual Studio 2015 real soon now; certainly before the RTM release of VS2015 on July 20th.)


Entrian Attach 1.2.3: Fix for attaching the Visual Studio debugger to Java processes

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Richie Hindle

I’ve just released Entrian Attach 1.2.3, which fixes two bugs:

  • Entrian Attach would fail to attach your debugger to Java processes with enormously long command lines.  Thanks, Ivo and Steven.
  • Where you have more than one rule for the same executable, all rules are now consistently considered when that executable starts.  Previously, if one rule matched but another didn’t, the attach might not happen. Thanks, Jason.

The Entrian Attach download page is the place to go for the upgrade.


Entrian Source Search 1.4.21: Various bugs stomped

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Richie Hindle

I’m very pleased to announce the release of Entrian Source Search 1.4.21, which includes these bugfixes:

  • A file: filter no longer fails when you have the Case sensitive option checked.  Thanks, Martin.
  • Hitting Ctrl+= with the cursor at the beginning of a collapsed #region no longer tries to search for the entire text of the region (!)  Thanks, Robert.
  • The widths of the columns in the results list are now remembered between sessions.  Thanks, Fletcher.
  • Modal dialogs are now parented properly to Visual Studio when it isn’t in the foreground when the dialog appears.  Thanks, Ace.
  • When you use the Shift+Alt+F shortcut to start a file: search, the file: filter would occasionally be highlighted, so typing the filename would overwrite it (duh).  That’s now fixed.
  • Version 1.4.20 introduced a dependency on a CRT DLL that almost all development PCs already have, but 1.4.21 packages it for those that haven’t (which includes clean Windows 7 machines with Visual Studio 2010 installed).  Thanks, Laurent.
  • The keyboard shortcuts for toggling the various options from the Search box, like Alt+F to toggle Fuzzy Search, now use Shift+Alt rather than just Alt. If you’re in the habit of using Alt+F to show the File menu, and you happen to have your focus in the Search box at the time, you no longer accidentally kick off a potentially slow Fuzzy Search.  (In fact, the shortcut for Fuzzy Search is now Shift+Alt+Z because Shift+Alt+F starts a file: search.)  Thanks, Jason.

Entrian Source Search 1.4.21 is available from the Download page as a free upgrade for licensed users and as a 30-individual-day trial for everyone else.


Entrian Source Search 1.4.20: Memory leak fixed

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Richie Hindle

I’ve just released Entrian Source Search 1.4.20, which fixes a memory leak that could eventually lead to an OutOfMemoryException when indexing a large solution.

1.4.20 is a recommended upgrade for anyone using 1.4.18 or greater.  Please download it from the usual place.