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Points to remember

As always, we'll wrap up with some key concepts to keep in mind:

  • The Message window should be your first stop when you're trying to understand just what Lingo code is doing. When the Trace option is enabled, it provides behind-the-scenes annotation indicating how scripts are interpreted and executed.

  • The Memory Inspector tells you how your RAM is being allocated and gives you an idea of how to use that RAM more efficiently.

  • The Watcher window tells you the values of your globals, lists, and expressions and allows you to change those values.

  • The Script window has several tools that are useful for debugging, including the Toggle Breakpoint button, the Watch Expression button, and the Recompile button.

  • The Debugger window assists you in determining where the problem is in your scripting. The Debugger has three sections: the Handler History pane, the Variable pane, and the Script pane.

  • When troubleshooting, take the time to consider simple causes of problems before you assume more complex ones. Examine your assumptions as well as the problem; sometimes the solution is born when you accurately define what's going wrong.


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