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Programming Flex 2 by Joey Lott, Chafic Kazoun

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Debugging with Flex Builder 2

One of the best selling points of Flex Builder 2 is the integrated GUI debugger. FDB is free, but for day-to-day debugging, Flex Builder's debugger makes it much easier to debug applications.

A default Flex Builder 2 installation (see Figure 17-2) will configure the tasks needed to get you up and running for debugging applications. To debug an application you are working on, you just need to select Run → Debug from the main menu (or press F11). This will compile the application, launch it within the browser, and connect the application to the debugger. The first time you debug an application you will be prompted to switch perspectives to the debugging perspective in Flex Builder, which usually is recommended.

Default debugging perspective

Figure 17-2. Default debugging perspective

When in the debugging perspective, you have access to the currently running application. Often you will set a breakpoint to stop the application at a point during the execution process in which you are interested. You can set breakpoints by right-clicking on the left margin of a source line in Flex Builder. You can do this during a debug session or even before a session is started in the development perspective. You can navigate through a list of breakpoints by using the Breakpoints panel (see Figure 17-3). The Breakpoints panel contains a list of all breakpoints currently set, and will allow you to navigate ...

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