When a .NET application fails in production the developer is often left with just a memory dump. Since Visual Studio cannot handle dumps, you have to instead look at a tool called WinDbg. Though powerful, these can be difficult to use so developers occasionally create their own extensions. Once such developer is Rodney Viana, who has just released netext 1.6.1 as an open source project.
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio has been released with features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, code folding, function navigation, script Output in addition to support for breakpoint, locals, stack frame and project system.
The first binaries of Dartium, Chrome with a built-in Dart VM, are now available for download. Dartium has the beginnings of debugging support in Dev Tools. Meanwhile, a lot of documentation resources have become available both from Google and outside.
Debugger Canvas, the tool that introduced 'Code Bubbles' to the Visual Studio Ultimate debugger, debuted last summer. Debugger Canvas 1.1 launches with new features including an easy on/off switch that can be used while debugging, and the ability to view multiple threads at once.
Chronon Systems has recently released version 2 of their recording JVM debugger which allows for post execution logging.
Debuggers in mobile web browsers are anemic at best. InfoQ takes a look at existing workarounds and tools like Weinre and JSConsole, as well as the upcoming changes in mobile browsers that will bring full debugging support. Also: the two mobile browsers that already live in the future and ship remote debugging support.
RedGate has announced that .NET Reflector is going to become a commercial product starting with version 7 which is to be made available in the first part of March, 2011, having a price tag of $35. Reflector Pro which allows developers to debug through disassembled code is currently offered for $95.
A whole batch of new Ruby VM releases is available. MacRuby 0.8 fixes bugs and begins the path to 1.0. Rubinius 1.2 improves memory efficiency and the debugger. MRI received new patch levels: 1.8.7-p330 and 1.9.2-p136, the first big bug fix update to 1.9.2.
John Blanco published a comparison between the iPhone and Android Development Environment. Even though he favors Java as a programming language, he believes that Xcode and the iPhone simulators are vastly superior to the tools provided by Google. Do you agree?
Rubinius 1.1 is out, with JIT and performance improvements, more powerful debugging and profiling capabilities. Also: the GIL algorithm gets an overhaul in 1.1 - but it'll soon be history. In the Hydra branch of the Rubinius project, a GIL-less Rubinius is being groomed, soon to join JRuby, IronRuby and MacRuby in the GIL-less VM crowd. InfoQ caught up with Evan Phoenix about the Hydra branch.
MacRuby 0.6 is available now, bringing debugging and vastly improved Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) support. A lot of the core functionality has been overhauled, such as a new String implementation and a new thread-safe Regex library which replaces Oniguruma. MacRuby's now considered stable for Cocoa development.