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Improvements to debugger and a new refactor added to Dart Editor

Posted by Devon Carew


A new Dart Editor build is now available. Highlights from this build include:
  • The 32 bit Dartium build has beed added back into the 32 bit Editor build for Linux (and the 64 bit Editor build still contains the 64 bit Dartium build).
  • 5 analysis issues fixed.
  • Dartdoc improvements; we now syntax highlight dartdoc comments, and properly indent the next line when the user hits enter.
  • Added a top level "Refresh" menu item (and an associated keybinding).
  • Added an "Inline local variable" refactoring.
  • Windows launching fixes! We've received lots of reports of issues launching Dartium on Windows. We found and fixed an issue in the editor; in addition, we now disable Chrome extensions when launching Dartium. Some extensions were causing issues when trying to connect the debugger. We also include additional diagnostic information for Windows; please send feedback if you continue to see issues when trying to launch Dartium on Windows.
  • We now display print() output in the Editor for JavaScript launches. This is especially useful for getting logging information back from some mobile devices, like iOS devices.
  • Both the command-line debugger and the Dartium debugger now show the value of library (global) variables.
  • The command-line debugger can now display list elements.
As always, view the changelog for the full list of changes, and to get started with the Editor see our tutorial.

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