Improvements to F# data visualization in the Visual Studio debugger
Posted by Brian on May 20, 2009
One of the improvements in the latest release of F# involves the way that F# data types appear inside the Visual Studio debugger. For example, here’s a screenshot from F# 188.8.131.52 (the old version) that shows how that version displayed F# data types like lists and discriminated unions:
Can you interpret the information in the "Locals" window? Yikes. Clearly there were improvements to be made.
Well, now that I have just installed F# 184.108.40.206 (the new version) on my box, here’s what I see:
What a difference! Now it’s easy to see the values in the list and discriminated union.
(Eagle-eyed readers may also notice the absence of #light in the second screenshot – #light is now the default. For more details of changes, see the release notes.)
This blog entry highlights just one of many improvements in the latest release of F#. I hope to find the time to write about more new features and improvements in the coming days and weeks… in the meantime, I hope you download the new bits and enjoy!