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VMware Workstation 6: Remote Debugging made easy!



This proud VMware employee took on the challenge of making the lives of hundreds of developers easier.

I began by talking to a few Workstation customers who also use Eclipse for Java development so I could get a feel for their workflow and pain points. Then I sketched out the proposed workflow model for virtualization-assisted remote debugging and ran it by them along with rough mockups of my UI ideas. Based upon their feedback, I designed the feature as an Eclipse plugin that adds a new type of Launch Configuration to the stock set. The UI for this new launch config reuses most of the tabs already familiar to Eclipse users from running Java apps locally and adds a new one with a few virtualization options, of which only one requires the user to make a choice: in which VM should the code be executed? Once a launch configuration has been created and a VM selected, as with any other launch config, it can be activated in future simply by clicking on the Debug button in the Eclipse toolbar.


I am confident the Workstation 6 will be an absolute must by developers. It already has been. In fact just last week I assisted a ASP.NET developer with the one.

Check it out here.

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