Where is the debugger?

By: John Ray Thomas

Abstract: This article discusses reasons and solutions to the missing debugger in the free Borland C++ 5.5 Compiler download.

Where is the Debugger?

Since the release the Borland C++ 5.5 command-line tools recently, I have received numerous emails asking about a debugger. As many of you have found out this initial release does not contain a debugger. The reasons for this are:
  • Our C++Builder debugger is, well... integrated into C++Builder.
  • A stand alone debugger solution is intended but was not available for the intial BCC release (keep your eyes and ears open for more info in the future).
Therefore, the quickest and easiest solution for those of you who would like the power of our feature rich debugger, would be to buy the Standard Edition of Borland C++Builder 5 for $99.95. You can order this from shop.borland.com.

It's worth noting that you get much more than a robust debugger with the IDE. You also get a top-notch component framework, two-way visual development, an editor, and project management. See the Borland C++Builder 5 feature matrix for more info.

Note: Students can receive a significant discount. See your campus bookstore for more details.

Now, I know there are some enterprising minds out there who would like to write a debugger to support this release but you may have run across the problem of not knowing what the Borland debug info looks like. In an attempt to help we are releasing a hook library that can assist you in reading the Borland Debug info. It can be downloaded from Code Central. The header file, BorDebug.h contains comments on how to use the library.

Note: This is an unsupported release. Updates will be made at our discretion.

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