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# Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Well not as such, no, but it sometimes feels like way. Particularly today, when I wasted about 40 minutes on a bug that should've taken me less than 1 minute to work out, simply because of issues with the Visual Studio debugger (2003, mind you - you'd think after three years it would be a mature product?)

Check this out, for example:

m_ltInfer is of a class deriving from DictionaryBase. What the hell am I supposed to understand from this? The fact that I can't see my dictionary is bad enough, but what's up with those blank spaces? And if that wasn't bad enough, the immediate window's expression parser - limited to begin with - is flatly lying to my face:

op.Parameters is an array. It has a Length property. The intellisense displays it. The managed expression parser prints it out as the default property for arrays. But attempting to access any of the object's properties, or even its ToString() method, results in a "... does not exist" error message. What the hell is going on here?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:16:10 PM (Jerusalem Standard Time, UTC+02:00)  #    -
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