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Can Visual Studio 2005 be used to debug vbscript files (.vbs)

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Is there a way to use Visual Studio 2005 to debug VBScript (*.vbs) files?  When I load a vbs file into an empty project it looks like I can set break points and the syntax is color coded (though there does not seem to be any intellisense).
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by:jagadeesh_motamarri
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Hi modotx,

Check out the following link -

http://odetocode.com/Articles/425.aspx

____Jags.
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There was not a mention of how to debug VBScript when it is in a *.vbs file.  It talks about how to debug vbscript within a web page by connecting to a running process.  Should I somehow cause a vbs script to pause and then try to connect to the cmd.exe process?
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Is the VBS part of a web page or it is a WSH which runs on windows?
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It is a WSH running under Windows.
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looking at
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&q=interdev+wsh
this looks good and recent:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308364

Interdev is not part of VS 2005.
Visual Web Developer 2005 which is part of VS 2005 isn't mentioned for WSH debugging.

So it seems to me the answer for your q. is no.
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I may be reading noam_dz's answer wrong, but I think I disagree.  Following the instructions mentioned on http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308364  and launching my vbs from the Start Menu --> Run... prompt like so:

wscript.exe //d //x C:\myscript.vbs
(replace C:\myscript.vbs with your actual path and scriptname, of course)

...works perfectly for me.  The //x switch triggers an immediate exception, and I received a "Just-In-Time Debugging" pop-up offering a number of debuggers, including a "New instance of Visual Studio".  Once in there, I can step through the code with breakpoints and variable monitoring and everything else a successful debugging party might need.

This won't work for ASP.NET (since ASP.NET doesn't terminate the application when an unhandled exception occurs), but it should work for anything else-- particularly for .vbs files.
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