This is a little hard to explain, so I have some screen-shots (NO! Our firewall or something won’t let me upload images! Argh!).
Ok, in a nutshell, the debugger won’t let me see the entire contents of a local variable when its contents are very long, such as when holding an XML element. In the database grid, for comparison, if a column holds a large string, clicking on the grid produces a down-arrow, and when that’s clicked, a small window opens showing the entire contents of the column. You can then copy the contents from that little window.
The debugger’s local watch window shows a grid of local variables and their values. If the value is a lengthy string, there’s no way to select the entire contents and paste it into an editor or something for viewing. The ‘select all’ menu item appears to select the entire value, but when pasted, it is truncated at the ellipses ‘…’. I’d much rather have the little pop-up window showing the entire contents of the variable.
I can supply screen-shots to an email if someone would like them. Just can’t insert media on this site. Something is blocking it.