Introducing Motor, Part 2: Advanced usage
In the previous article named "Introducing Motor: A Programming IDE
for Linux", I covered the basics of software development using
Motor. Now I continue with a look at some advanced issues such as
debugging, organizing your libraries, version control and a bit
more. By the way, I've just released the new 2.0.0 version of Motor,
so features appearing in this latest release are also covered in this
Currently, almost all the planned features of Motor have been implemented.
Now, I want to address all the GNU programmers who have experience in
programming with GTK+/GNOME. I realize that a lot of people work in X, so
my next big plan is to make a GNOME-based GUI version of Motor. If you
want to help me create a good IDE -- not only for console, but for X
too, please contact me and we will work out a strategy together.
Motor has a useful front-end to gdb, a popular Linux debugger. Let's
check it out. Start by opening your favorite project to get a quick
insight on what happens inside the program in run time. I assume you
already have Motor running and you can see the editor window. For a
quick look at all the debug commands available, just press F10 and then
open the "Debug" sub-menu.
Motor can only debug programs in local console. That means that you
need to sit in front of your Linux/FreeBSD/whatever box and work on a
local tty. One of those you usually switch with Alt-F1..F12 :) Also
you should have a place to run a debug session, a free tty, Just like
X-Windows needs a free tty to start X display.
Even a very minimalist gdb front-end allows you to run a program
line-by-line. That usually means you can see the line to be
executed highlighted on your screen, then press a key and move to the
next line, etc. till the program ends. During that, you can either
trace into subroutines called in the line of code or just jump over
them to the next line in the current routine. Motor lets you do it
very easily. Just start your program, not with
"Run" (F12), but with the F8 key. The program starts and then Motor