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Re: problem writing debugging utility function
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg100293] Re: problem writing debugging utility function
*From*: "Sjoerd C. de Vries" <sjoerd.c.devries at gmail.com>
*Date*: Sun, 31 May 2009 06:34:46 -0400 (EDT)
*References*: <gvq09k$mqv$1@smc.vnet.net>
SetAttributes[printVariable, HoldAll];
printVariable[var_] := Print[ToString[HoldForm[var]] <> " = " <>
ToString[var]]
ape = 1;
printVariable[ape]
Out: ape = 1
Cheers -- Sjoerd
On May 30, 2:57 am, "dabro... at indiana.edu" <dabro... at indiana.edu>
wrote:
> This matter is pretty unimportant, but perhaps of interest in laying
> out a persistent source confusion for me with Mathematica: evaluation
> control.
>
> I'm skeptical of the built-in debugger because it seems to crash the
> kernel often, so I do most of my debugging by inserting print
> statements like
>
> Print["variableOne = ",variableOne].
>
> Being extraordinarily lazy I soon thought it might be nice to have a
> little function, say dbgv, which takes a variable or name of a
> variable as an argument, and produces the same result as the print
> statement above.
>
> At first I assumed this would be easy, since almost every programming
> problem turns out to be pretty easy with Mathematica. But after an hou=
r
> or so I began to wonder whether it would be possible at all. I did
> eventually find a solution, a function dbgv such that dbgv[variableOne]
> produces exactly the effect of the print statement, but it's really ugly.
> I'll post it later.
>
> Granted this is not an important problem since it's not too much
> trouble to just type in the whole print statement. But it's worth
> noting that this would trivial to solve with a Lisp macro, and despite
> the fantastic expressibility of Mathematica it doesn't seem to have a
> good replacement for macros. The closest equivalents are $Pre(Read),
> which I used in my solution, but they're not nearly as nice to work with.
>
> Can anyone think of an elegant solution?
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