C# Look at values throughout recursive function calls

This blog shows you how to get to the Parallel Watch window and you may face problem with it.

In one of the blog of Microsoft “7 More Lesser-known Debugging Tactics for Visual Studio” is showing the Parallel Watch window.

I have gotten the factorial code from the web.

Below is the factorial recursive sample

void Main(string[] args)
Console.WriteLine(“Enter a number”);
int number = Convert.ToInt32(Console.ReadLine());
long fact = GetFactorial(number);
Console.WriteLine(“{0} factorial is {1}”, number, fact);
private  static  long GetFactorial(int number)
If (number == 0)
return 1;
return number * GetFactorial(number – 1);
The blog tells you to Open the Parallel Watch window (Debug/Windows/Parallel Watch) but it does not tell you, you can only do that during run time and not design time.

I could see the “number” variable in the Parallel Watch but when I tried to watch the “fact” variable VS 2017 crashed.

Parallel Watch is a nice feature but still has room to improve.



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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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