Chapter 7. Debugging

The Visual Basic code editor described in Chapter 6, "Visual Basic Code Editor," provides tools that make writing Visual Basic applications relatively easy. Features such as error indicators, tooltips, and IntelliSense help you write code that obeys the rules of Visual Basic syntax.

No code editor or any other tool can guarantee that the code you write actually does what you want it to do. Debugging is the process of modifying the code to make it run and produce correct results.

Depending on the application's complexity, debugging can be extremely difficult. Although Visual Studio cannot do your debugging for you, it does include features that make debugging easier. It allows you to stop execution while the program is running so you can examine and modify variables, explore data structures, and step through the code to follow its execution path.

This chapter explains Visual Basic's most important debugging tools. It describes the tools available in the Debug menu and the other IDE windows that are most useful for debugging.

THE DEBUG MENU

The Debug menu contains commands that help you debug a program. These commands help you run the program in the debugger, move through the code, set and clear breakpoints, and ...

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