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Posted 31 Jan 2001

DebugHelp Devstudio Add In

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Debug Help is a Visual C++ 6.0 AddIn that helps developers insert debug statements in their program code.
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    The Visual C++ IDE helps up perform common, repetitive tasks with Macros and Add-Ins. Through AddIns we can programmatically manipulate Visual C++ environment and it's components. Thus Add-Ins are basically DLL Components that use Automation (formerly OLE Automation) to communicate with the VC++ environment.

    Debug Help is a Visual C++ 6.0 AddIn that helps developers insert debug statements in their program code. It was developed to automate frequent insertion of debug statements (TRACE and OutputDebugString) and thus reduce typing time and related RSI. The real inspiration for such a tool were my fellow developers ('Debugging is ****, man') at NIIT during our coding sessions. This is good karma. :-)

    Full source code is provided along with the AddIn. You can modify this to insert other blocks of code that you find useful.


    To install DebugHelp-

    • Copy DbgHelp.dll to your Microsoft Visual Studio\Common\MSDev98\Addins directory (Visual Studio 6.0).
    • Open Visual Studio.
    • Goto Tools->Customize->AddIns and Macro Files.
    • Click to check on DebugHelp AddIn.
    • Click Close

    How to use

    Using DebugHelp is really simple. First position the cursor where you'd like to insert the debug statement and click on the AddIn toolbar button to bring up the Options dialog box. Now type the text you want to output in the edit box, choose the format (TRACE or OutputDebugString) and click on Insert Code to insert the respective debug statement with your text. Use TRACE with MFC applications and OutputDebugString for Win32.


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    About the Author

    Amit Dey
    Web Developer
    India India
    Amit Dey is a freelance programmer from Bangalore,India. Chiefly programming VC++/MFC, ATL/COM and PocketPC and Palm platforms. Apart from programming and CP, he is a self-taught guitar and keyboard player.

    He can be contacted at

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    GeneralThe real reason Pin
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    GeneralWindows has a DbgHelp.dll Pin
    Robin4-Feb-01 14:45
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    GeneralRe: Windows has a DbgHelp.dll Pin
    Amit Dey5-Feb-01 22:47
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    QuestionWhy? Pin
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