Debugging

Important:
  • This functionality requires a licensed version of a Micro Focus Visual COBOL or Enterprise Developer product on the same machine. See Installing for details.
  • Visual Studio Code supports debugging of native COBOL code and for .NET Core COBOL projects created with Visual COBOL or Enterprise Developer for Visual Studio.

Debugging features

Visual Studio Code provides the Debug console panel as well as a number of panels dedicated to debugging in the Run view - click (Run).

Breakpoints
Add breakpoints by clicking in the editor margin. See the available breakpoints in the Breakpoints panel. You can set conditions such as expressions and hit counts for the breakpoints.
Call stack panel
Shows the stack frames for each thread. Double-click a stack frame to navigate to the source code.
Debug widget
Includes the debug actions.
The Visual Studio Code debug widget
Variables panel
Shows the values of items on the current statement.
Watch view
Enables you to add items to watch as you debug. To view the contents in hexadecimal, type ,h after the name of the item you want to watch.

It is not possible to change the values of items directly in this panel. You can change the values by typing the command in the Debug Console REPL - for example:

Change values at the terminal