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Contextual Testpoint Indicators/Selectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113304D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Borchardt, EK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method in which a testpoint indicator/selector aids programmers in debugging an application. A testpoint indicator/selector is a small box in the graphical diagram of an application. It is placed adjacent to each member of the application that is capable of containing testpoints (breakpoints, tracepoints, watchpoints). When the box is darkened, indication is provided that a testpoint is set in the member. In the Figure, the blackened boxes indicate that testpoints are set in members EDTGRP and PROC1. When the box is hollow (not darkened), no testpoint is set. The programmer is able to see easily where testpoints are set in the application.

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Contextual Testpoint Indicators/Selectors

      Disclosed is a method in which a testpoint indicator/selector
aids programmers in debugging an application.  A testpoint
indicator/selector is a small box in the graphical diagram of an
application.  It is placed adjacent to each member of the application
that is capable of containing testpoints (breakpoints, tracepoints,
watchpoints).  When the box is darkened, indication is provided that
a testpoint is set in the member.  In the Figure, the blackened boxes
indicate that testpoints are set in members EDTGRP and PROC1.  When
the box is hollow (not darkened), no testpoint is set.  The
programmer is able to see easily where testpoints are set in the
application.

      Easy access is provided for setting or modifying testpoints by
double-clicking inside a testpoint indicator to invoke a window from
which testpoints can be set, cleared, or modified for the
corresponding member.  In the figure, a user has clicked inside the
testpoint indicator adjacent to the member GRAPH3, thus bringing up
the window shown in the bottom right of the Figure.  In that window,
it can be seen that the user is setting breakpoints on the first and
fourth statements of the member.