Microsoft plans to launch a new experimental Visual Studio Power Tool, dubbed the “Debugger Canvas,” via its Dev Labs site.
The Debugger Canvas is a free tool developed by Brown University and Microsoft Research. The tool adds Brown University’s Code Bubbles to Visual Studio, offering developers an alternative for debugging.
“The Debugger Canvas is built on technologies that only ship with Visual Studio Ultimate, including IntelliTrace and the code analysis features in the Architecture tools, according to the Microsoft Research site” Microsoft stated.
The tool will require a final or trial version of Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 Service Pack (SP) 1.
From the Microsoft Research site on Debugger Canvas:
Do you get lost in the document tabs? Are you tired of the debugger jumping around from file to file? Debugger Canvas pulls together the code you’re exploring onto a single pan-and-zoom display. As you hit breakpoints or step into code, Debugger Canvas shows just the methods that you’re debugging, with call lines and local variables, to help you see the bigger picture.