Well, time flies. I started this blog in early 2004 and posted almost weekly for four years.
Then I took a week off...and another...and a year later, here we are. I sort of ran
out of things to say. There are a few things on the list and I'll start on them in a
week or few. In the meantime:
The SQR debugger
can now be run in an integrated manner
with SQR Express, a really full-featured
IDE for SQR developers. SQR Express is a smart editor for SQR, and much more. When you
want to launch the debugger, click an icon and SQR Express fills in the configuration
panel and starts the debugging session.
Here is a new interesting blog: PeopleSoft SQR by
Steven Alexander. I don't always agree fully with everything he says, but he definitely knows what
he's talking about and I've learned a few things. Check it out.
I'm currently working on version 2 of the debugger using .NET. It has an updated GUI but all of the
familiar functions are still there in the same places. The main improvements are in the
areas of parsing speed and a reduced footprint for the debugger's overhead. For example,
the current version uses 11 PROGLINEPARs per SQR variable in the generated overhead code
while the new version uses approximately 2-4 per variable depending on program size.
The "loading" step in the new version is so fast that it won't even be noticed in many
cases. This version is about 2/3 done but release is still a few months off. All current
customers will be able to upgrade at no charge. And if you have any feature suggestions,
please send them to me. (There. Now I have to finish it!)