Data/Watch/Locals Window Basics
The Data, Watch and Locals windows all use the same user interface. The difference between them is in what they display and some slight differences in expression evaluation.
he Data window displays a single data item. The data window can remain open, and you can have multiple data windows. The expression in the data is only evaluated once and therefore will always access a constant memory location. The contents of the memory location may change and the data window display will reflect this.
The data window display is for the most part quite obvious and simple to understand. Data is displayed in the same format as the Modula-2 and Ada95 languages use, including enumeration types.
Note: Ada95 redefinition of the character literal enumeration types will not display properly in the debugger.
type MyEnum = (One, Two, 'A', 'B');
Data window context menu
Watch window context menu
Display of Structured types
The data window is able to expand and contract structured types such as array and record types. When a variable of one of these types is contracted the data element will only show the word ARRAY or RECORD depending on what the variable type is. When a structure is expanded the entire contents of the type are displayed. As each structured type is expanded the data display fields are indented one level. This helps you separate individual structured types within a complex data structure.
When a line in the data window can be expanded the "++" symbol will be shown in the left most column of the data window. If the data line can be contracted the "--" symbol will be shown. Otherwise no symbol is shown in this column.
The following sample data window shows a two dimensional array being displayed. The array bounds for both dimensions range from 0..3. Click on areas of the sample window to learn more.
The following example shows a pointer to a record type being displayed. The pointer type is expanded.
|Enter||Expand or contract the structured type|
|Insert||Alter the selected data item|
|ab||Change the secondary numeric display format radix.|
|Esc||Close the Window|
Common Keyboard Shortcuts