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Message started by Chris Molloy on Sep 15th, 2020 at 5:17pm

Title: Digital and Analog pin Visualization improvement suggestion
Post by Chris Molloy on Sep 15th, 2020 at 5:17pm
It would be extremely helpful if visualizations labeled the pins according to the pin definitions in the sketch.
I spend a lot of time looking to see which pin is which.

Something like this

#define BUTTON_PIN 0
#define OTHER_PIN   1

shows like this:


Title: Re: Digital and Analog pin Visualization improvement suggestion
Post by Visual Micro on Sep 15th, 2020 at 5:37pm
It's a nice idea but there isn't a correlation between the defines in your code and actual pins.

It just so happens you have created a define with a value of 1 and it just so happens at some place in your code you use that to read or write a digital pin.

What might be an idea for us to consider if a local xml or json file where you can name your pins. Maybe there is some way to then make those definitions available to your code as #defines. That way the uncompiled and compiled sources would know the names/numbers of pins.

My suggestion would be to create something like a pins.h which contains all your #defines for all pins (and no other code). Then it will be easy to read your code to find a pin number. Maybe if we can find a pins.h the debugger can read that simple code to find some names.

Another idea is to use the @plot command instead of the digital pin viewer. Then you can plot only the pins you are working with using a breakpoint message with same syntax as the code:

[code]@Plot.Pins.OtherPin.Red {digitalRead(#OTHER_PIN)}[/code]

The @plot command shows On/Off in the charts quite clearly.

Title: Re: Digital and Analog pin Visualization improvement suggestion
Post by Chris Molloy on Sep 17th, 2020 at 4:08pm
Or make a @visualize.Pins.OtherPin {A_PIN)}
which would provide vm with the name to display for a pin number

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