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DebuggerDisplayAttribute Class

Determines how a class or field is displayed in the debugger variable windows.

System::Object
  System::Attribute
    System.Diagnostics::DebuggerDisplayAttribute

Namespace:  System.Diagnostics
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets::Assembly|AttributeTargets::Class|AttributeTargets::Struct|AttributeTargets::Enum|AttributeTargets::Property|AttributeTargets::Field|AttributeTargets::Delegate, AllowMultiple = true)]
public ref class DebuggerDisplayAttribute sealed : public Attribute

The DebuggerDisplayAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsDebuggerDisplayAttributeInitializes a new instance of the DebuggerDisplayAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsNameGets or sets the name to display in the debugger variable windows.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsTargetGets or sets the type of the attribute's target.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsTargetTypeNameGets or sets the type name of the attribute's target.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsTypeGets or sets the string to display in the type column of the debugger variable windows.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsValueGets the string to display in the value column of the debugger variable windows.
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute::GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute::GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute::GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute::InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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The DebuggerDisplayAttribute constructor has a single argument: a string to be displayed in the value column for instances of the type. This string can contain braces ({ and }). The text within a pair of braces is evaluated as the name of a field, property, or method. For example, the following C# code causes "Count = 4" to be displayed when the plus sign (+) is selected to expand the debugger display for an instance of MyHashtable.

[DebuggerDisplay("Count = {count}")]
class MyHashtable
{
    public int count = 4;
}

For information about using this attribute in Visual Studio, see Using DebuggerDisplay Attribute.

View the following example in Visual Studio to see the results of applying the DebuggerDisplayAttribute.


using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
using namespace System::Diagnostics;
using namespace System::Reflection;

ref class HashtableDebugView;

[DebuggerDisplay("{value}", Name = "{key}")]
ref class KeyValuePairs
{
private:
    IDictionary^ dictionary;
    Object^ key;
    Object^ value;

public:
    KeyValuePairs(IDictionary^ dictionary, Object^ key, Object^ value)
    {
        this->value = value;
        this->key = key;
        this->dictionary = dictionary;
    }
};

[DebuggerDisplay("Count = {Count}")]
[DebuggerTypeProxy(HashtableDebugView::typeid)]
ref class MyHashtable : Hashtable
{
private:
    static const String^ TestString = "This should not appear in the debug window.";

internal:
    ref class HashtableDebugView
    {
    private:
        Hashtable^ hashtable;
    public:
        static const String^ TestString = "This should appear in the debug window.";
        HashtableDebugView(Hashtable^ hashtable)
        {
            this->hashtable = hashtable;
        }

        [DebuggerBrowsable(DebuggerBrowsableState::RootHidden)]
        property array<KeyValuePairs^>^ Keys
        {
            array<KeyValuePairs^>^ get()
            {
                array<KeyValuePairs^>^ keys = gcnew array<KeyValuePairs^>(hashtable->Count);

                IEnumerator^ ie = hashtable->Keys->GetEnumerator();
                int i = 0;
                Object^ key;
                while (ie->MoveNext())
                {
                    key = ie->Current;
                    keys[i] = gcnew KeyValuePairs(hashtable, key, hashtable[key]);
                    i++;
                }
                return keys;
            }
        }
    };
};

public ref class DebugViewTest
{
private:
    // The following constant will appear in the debug window for DebugViewTest. 
    static const String^ TabString = "    ";
public:
    // The following DebuggerBrowsableAttribute prevents the property following it 
    // from appearing in the debug window for the class.
    [DebuggerBrowsable(DebuggerBrowsableState::Never)]
    static String^ y = "Test String";

    static void Main()
    {
        MyHashtable^ myHashTable = gcnew MyHashtable();
        myHashTable->Add("one", 1);
        myHashTable->Add("two", 2);
        Console::WriteLine(myHashTable->ToString());
        Console::WriteLine("In Main.");
    }
};

int main()
{
    DebugViewTest::Main();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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