Remove expander for strings in Visual D

Rainer Schuetze r.sagitario at
Sat Nov 3 08:26:57 UTC 2018

On 30/10/2018 16:31, Michelle Long wrote:
> On Friday, 26 October 2018 at 06:36:05 UTC, Rainer Schuetze wrote:
>> On 26/10/2018 02:29, Michelle Long wrote:
>>> Strings have an expander and are treated like arrays but they don't
>>> have to be. The string is already shown in the value and there is the
>>> text viewer for them. The expander just gets in the way.
>> The array display can also be helpful for some lowlevel code that
>> iterates over the string, especially if there multi-byte characters in
>> a string. I don't think having the option to expand the string is too
>> distractive.
> I thought I already replied to this, oh well...
> The problem is that sometimes one might click on the expander and it
> expands far too much. It most cases it is not needed.
> Maybe you could make it an option(have an options page for things like
> this that tweak things for personal taste) that you can add over time
> that doesn't get in the way of normal functionality.

Mago already has a page for these kind of options:

> VS has a memory window for looking at arrays in a more meaningful way
> which is nearly just as easy to use.
> Since 95%+ of the time one doesn't need to look at the character data of
> a string(since it's a string and not a byte array), the expenders are
> not needed. In most of the other cases the memory window could be used.
> If anyone is needed such behavior consistently then it can be enabled(or
> disabled, I don't care about default behavior as long as I can override
> it).
> The goal is to make the debugging experience easy nice as possible so it
> is not so frustrating. Everyone is different and has different needs.

Shouldn't be to difficult to implement, I'll think about it:

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