Debugger Canvas and Code Bubbles


My good friend, Clint Edmonson, sent me a link to an article about the Debugger Canvas recently (  It’s an add-in for Visual Studio that is our version of Code Bubbles.  I actually read about this idea last year and really, really liked the concept.  For those more academically oriented here is a link to the paper introducing the idea entitled “Code Bubbles: Rethinking the User Interface Paradigm of Integrated Development Environments”:


I think the idea absolutely has merit.  But that begs the question:  WHAT exactly IS the idea?  This video will tell you everything you need to know about the most awesome Debugger Canvas:

Comments (4)

  1. Bob says:

    Padding error line 1 position 520 when viewed in IDE.

  2. zainnab says:

    Hey Bob 🙂

    That's a problem with the old Tips and Tricks extension.  I'll most likely get a new one done but, for now, I won't be supporting the old one going forward.  Uninstall it and I will make an announcement when a new one is available.


  3. Will says:

    I kinda liked it for a second, but you don't get the same inspection intellisense when hovering over variables and such while debugging.  You have to specifically do a quickwatch to get that info.  No likes.

  4. zainnab says:

    Yeah I agree Will there are defintiely some missing pieces.  My understanding is this is pre-pre-pre-Beta and I suspect they are going to implement more features into it to bring it on par with the current experience eventually.