Debug, Tools

Debugging Rust on Windows using Visual Studio Code

Rust is the next super cool language I have seen after C# . Flame war… ūüėÄ just kidding. But seriously the whole idea of Rust has just blown my mind and I just wanted to learn it.

But coming from C# + Visual Studio background. I am so spoil on using these massive super cool tool and excellent debugging experience. So selecting any language I also tend to see what tools are available.

Rust community is still not  as big as .Net, mainly because its so new language. So I did not find ONE great tool which will serve purpose. But I am sure things will change. There are things coming up, you can read more here

Ok so back to the original purpose of this post. Rust with Visual Studio Code.

The tools we will use :

  1. Visual Studio code here
  2. Rust Nightly (1.13) GNU 64bit here (Why we need this I’ll explain it a bit later )
  3. Rust Source here (I have used 7 zip to extract)
  4. GDB for Windows here
  5. Python here

Visual studio extensions:

  1. Rusty Code here
  2. Native Debug here


Now the steps to install or get things working.

  1. Install Rust Nightly 1.13
  2. Create a folder C:/rust/utils
  3. Open command prompt and CD to C:/rust/utils.
  4. Type cargo install racer
  5. Type cargo install rustfmt
  6. Type cargo install rustsym
  7. Put C:/rust/utils/bin in your environment variable PATH
  8. Install GDB for example in location C:/rust/debug
  9. Put this path C:/rust/debug/gdb64/bin in your environment variable PATH.
  10. Install Python
  11. Extract rust src for example in location c:/rust/src
  12. Create an environment variable RUST_SRC_PATH and assign value C:/rust/src/src to it. Its pointing to the actual source folder.
  13. Install Visual Studio Code
  14. Open Visual Studio Code. Press Ctrl + Shift + X which will open extensions pane. Type Rusty Code (install + restart). Then same way install Native Debug extension as well.

Thats all to setup the environment.

Now lets do some debugging.

  1. Code I will use is straight from Rust website.
    fn main() {
    // A simple integer calculator:
    // `+` or `-` means add or subtract by 1
    // `*` or `/` means multiply or divide by 2
    let program = "+ + * - /";
    let mut accumulator = 0;
    for token in program.chars() {
    match token {
    '+' => accumulator += 1,
    '-' => accumulator -= 1,
    '*' => accumulator *= 2,
    '/' => accumulator /= 2,
    _ => { /* ignore everything else */ }
    println!("The program \"{}\" calculates the value {}",
    program, accumulator);
  2. Lets use folder c:/rust/learning
  3. One thing Rusty Code does not support at the time of writing this blog is creating a new rust project so you have to do it manually by using cargo.
  4. Open command prompt and CD to C:/rust/learning.
  5. Type cargo new vscodetest –bin
  6. Open the new created folder C:/rust/learning/vscodetest from Visual Studio Code
  7. Press Ctrl + Shift  + P
  8. Type Cargo and select Cargo: Build Debug
  9. Press Ctrl + Shift + D
  10. Press the start button beside the Configurations drop down. Like thisdebug_config
  11. Select GDB
  12. It will create launch.json. Change it to look like this
        "version": "0.2.0",
        "configurations": [
                "name": "Debug",
                "type": "gdb",
                "request": "launch",
                "target": "target/debug/vscodetest",
                "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}"
  13. Now put a line break at line number 6
  14. Press F5. The breakpoint should hit. Like this debugging_without_pretty.png
  15. If you see in the above screenshot. I am trying to inspect the value of variable program but it seems to show some extra info. We can get rid of it with a small python script.
  16. Go to C:/rust/debug/gdb64/bin and open file gdbinit in VS code. And add this at the end of the file
    print "---- Loading Rust pretty-printers ----"
    sys.path.insert(0, "C:/rust/src/src/etc")
    import gdb_rust_pretty_printing
  17. Save it and go back to VS Code and again press F5. You should see cleaner inspect output like this debugging_with_pretty

That’s all. Not a very easy process but still good enough to start learning rust.

Now why I choose the nightly build mainly because with the version at the time of the post was 1.11 which had a small problem in debugging rust macros. To read about it more you can check my question in Rust user group here

Please let me know if this does not work or you find some problem so that I can help you if I could and also update the blog post. Also I have read various blog post and stack overflow post to get understanding about all this so thanks to all of them, its difficult to post all the link here as most of them I forgot ūüôā

.Net, Design Patterns

Abstract Factory Pattern in C#


According to Wikipedia:

The abstract factory pattern provides a way to encapsulate a group of individual factories that have a common theme without specifying their concrete classes.

According to Gang Of Four:

Provide an interface for creating families of related or dependent objects without
specifying their concrete classes.

Use of this pattern makes it possible to interchange concrete implementations without changing the code that uses them, even at runtime.



When to use it?

  • When the system is independent on how the objects are created.
  • When the system should work with multiple families of product.
  • When an interface is required to create similar family products, not the implementation.

Why to use it?

  • Provides an interface for creating objects which are related or dependent objects without specifying concrete classes
  • Calling code works with abstract interface and classes and does not need to know the exact types of the objects created by the factory

The main players in the pattern are:

  • AbstractFactory – declares a interface for operations that create abstract products.
  • ConcreteFactory – implements operations to create concrete products.
  • AbstractProduct – declares an interface for a type of product objects.
  • Product – defines a product to be created by the corresponding ConcreteFactory; it implements the AbstractProduct interface.
  • Client – uses the interfaces declared by the AbstractFactory and AbstractProduct classes.

Example in C#

ComputerFactory.cs (Abstract Factory)

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
abstract class ComputerFactory {
public abstract Computer GetComputer();


ConcreteComputerFactory.cs (ConcreteFactory)

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
class ConcreteComputerFactory : ComputerFactory {

public override Computer GetComputer() {

return new ConcreteComputer();



Computer.cs (Abstract Product)

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
abstract class Computer {

public abstract int Mhz { get; }


ConcreteComputer.cs (Product)

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
class ConcreteComputer : Computer {

int _mhz = 500;

public override int Mhz{
get { return _mhz; }


Client Code

using System;

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
class AbstractFactoryPatternClient : IDesignPattern {
public void Run() {
Console.WriteLine("\n------------------Abstract Factory Pattern------------------");
ComputerFactory factory = new ConcreteComputerFactory();

new ComputerAssembler().AssembleComputer(factory);


using System;

namespace DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern {
class ComputerAssembler {
public void AssembleComputer(ComputerFactory factory) {

Computer computer = factory.GetComputer();
Console.WriteLine("Assembled a {0} running at {1} MHz",
computer.GetType().FullName, computer.Mhz);



Assembled a DesignPatterns.AbstractPattern.ConcreteComputer running at 500 MHz

So whats happening here?

If you see the client code its passing an Abstract factory to the ComputerAssembler class and this class has a public method AssembleComputer which takes the Abstract factory class and calls the exposed public method of that factory.

So good thing here is that the AssembleComputer does not care about any specific object but it can support any type of ComputerFatcory which in this example its the ConcreteComputerFacory which implements ComputerFactory; and then it calls the GetComputerMethod which returns a concrete computer which implements Computer abstract class, which again decouples it from any concrete class.

Basically idea is to decouple the implementation logic to any specific concrete class, in this way every concrete class will have an common interface to implement and the client can call any method of the Product without worrying the exact object type.

Code can be found at GitHub




.Net, Design Patterns

Design Patterns using C#

My notes on various design patterns from the book of Gang of Four (Design Patterns – Elements of Reusable Object Oriented Software). Sharing so that others also could benefit from this.

Creational Patterns

  • Prototype Pattern: The prototype pattern is a creational design pattern in software development. It is used when the type of objects to create is determined by a prototypical instance, which is cloned to produce new objects. Read the article
  • Abstract Factory Pattern: This pattern is used when creating families of related or dependent objects without specifying their concrete classes by using a common interface. Read the article
.Net, Software Architecture

Prototype Pattern using C#


According to Wikipedia:

The prototype pattern is a creational design pattern in software development. It is used when the type of objects to create is determined by a prototypical instance, which is cloned to produce new objects.

According to Gang Of Four:

Specify the kinds of objects to create using a prototypical instance, and create new objects by copying this prototype.



When to use it?

  1. To avoid the inherent cost of creating a new object in the standard way (e.g., using the ‘new’ keyword) when it is prohibitively expensive for a given application.
  2. Hide concrete classes from the client.
  3. Add and remove new classes (via prototypes) at runtime.
  4. Keep the number of classes in the system to a minimum.
  5. Adapt to changing structures of data at runtime.

The main players in the pattern are:

Defines the interface that says prototypes must be cloneable

A class with cloning capabilities

Maintains a list of clone types and their keys

Adds prototypes to the list and requests clones

Example in C#


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary;

namespace DesignPatterns.PrototypePattern {
public abstract class PrototypeBase<T> {

// Shallow clone
public T Clone() {
return (T)this.MemberwiseClone();

//Deep Clone
public T DeepClone() {
MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream();
BinaryFormatter formatter = new BinaryFormatter();
formatter.Serialize(stream, this);
stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
T copy = (T)formatter.Deserialize(stream);
return copy;


using System;

namespace DesignPatterns.PrototypePattern {
public class Prototype : PrototypeBase<Prototype> {
// Content members
public string Country { get; set; }
public string Capital { get; set; }
public DeeperData Language { get; set; }

public Prototype(string country, string capital, string language) {
Country = country;
Capital = capital;
Language = new DeeperData(language);

public override string ToString() {
return Country + "\t\t" + Capital + "\t\t->" + Language;


using System;

namespace DesignPatterns.PrototypePattern {
public class DeeperData {
public string Data { get; set; }
public DeeperData(string s) {
Data = s;
public override string ToString() {
return Data;


using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace DesignPatterns.PrototypePattern {
public class PrototypeManager {
public Dictionary<string, Prototype> prototypes
= new Dictionary<string, Prototype> {
new Prototype("Germany", "Berlin", "German")},
new Prototype("Italy", "Rome", "Italian")},
new Prototype("Australia", "Canberra", "English")}


using System;

namespace DesignPatterns.PrototypePattern {
public class PrototypeClient : IDesignPattern {

private void Report(string s, Prototype a, Prototype b) {
Console.WriteLine("\n" + s);
Console.WriteLine("Prototype " + a + "\nClone      " + b);

public void Run() {
Console.WriteLine("\n------------------Prototype Pattern------------------");
PrototypeManager manager = new PrototypeManager();
Prototype c2, c3;

// Make a copy of Australia's data
c2 = manager.prototypes["Australia"].Clone();
Report("Shallow cloning Australia\n===============",
manager.prototypes["Australia"], c2);

// Change the capital of Australia to Sydney
c2.Capital = "Sydney";
Report("Altered Clone's shallow state, prototype unaffected",
manager.prototypes["Australia"], c2);

// Change the language of Australia (deep data)
c2.Language.Data = "Chinese";
Report("Altering Clone deep state: prototype affected *****",
manager.prototypes["Australia"], c2);

// Make a copy of Germany's data
c3 = manager.prototypes["Germany"].DeepClone();
Report("Deep cloning Germany\n============",
manager.prototypes["Germany"], c3);

// Change the capital of Germany
c3.Capital = "Munich";
Report("Altering Clone shallow state, prototype unaffected",
manager.prototypes["Germany"], c3);

// Change the language of Germany (deep data)
c3.Language.Data = "Turkish";
Report("Altering Clone deep state, prototype unaffected",
manager.prototypes["Germany"], c3);


Shallow cloning Australia
Prototype Australia             Canberra                ->English
Clone      Australia            Canberra                ->English

Altered Clone’s shallow state, prototype unaffected
Prototype Australia             Canberra                ->English
Clone      Australia            Sydney          ->English

Altering Clone deep state: prototype affected *****
Prototype Australia             Canberra                ->Chinese
Clone      Australia            Sydney          ->Chinese

Deep cloning Germany
Prototype Germany               Berlin          ->German
Clone      Germany              Berlin          ->German

Altering Clone shallow state, prototype unaffected
Prototype Germany               Berlin          ->German
Clone      Germany              Munich          ->German

Altering Clone deep state, prototype unaffected
Prototype Germany               Berlin          ->German
Clone      Germany              Munich          ->Turkish

So whats happening here?

Firstly we are using two ways to clone the object

  1. Shallow Clone: In .Net we have a method called MemberwiseClone, its a method that is available on all objects. It copies the values of all fields and any references, and returns a reference to this copy. However, it does not copy what the references in the object point to.Many objects are simple, without references to other objects, and therefore shallow copies are adequate.To preserve the complete value of the object, including all its subobjects use a deep copy.
  2. Deep Clone: An alternative is a deep copy, meaning that fields are dereferenced: rather than references to objects being copied, new copy objects are created for any referenced objects, and references to these placed in B. The result is different from the result a shallow copy gives in that the objects referenced by the copy B are distinct from those referenced by A, and independent. Deep copies are more expensive, due to needing to create additional objects, and can be substantially more complicated, due to references possibly forming a complicated graph. In the .NET Framework they are encapsulated in a process called serialization, which can be defined by using attribute [Serializable] on the class to be serialized. Objects are copied to a given destination and can be brought back again at will. The options for serialization destinations are several, including disks and the Internet, but the easiest one for serializing smallish objects is memory itself. Thus a deep copy consists of serializing and deserializing in one method.

Then we are also using a PrototypeManager, which I mentioned earlier that its used to maintains a list of clone types and their keys so that we can retrieve an already cloned object quickly.

The main program consists of a series of experiments demonstrating the effects of cloning and deep copying.

In the first group, Australia is shallow copied. After changing of Australia’s clone, the capital is Canberra in the prototype and Sydney in the clone. The statement responsible is ¬† c2.Capital = “Sydney”;

however, changing the language to Chinese (¬† c2.Language.Data = “Chinese”;) also changes the prototype’s language to Chinese. That is not what we wanted. We got the error because we did a shallow copy and the language in the prototype and in the clone reference the same DeeperData object.

In the next experiment, we clone Germany using a deep copy ( c3 = manager.prototypes[“Germany”].DeepClone();).

Now changing the capital¬†( c3.Capital = “Munich”;) does not affect the prototype but the deep clone is affected. Similarily¬† altering the deep state-its language to Turkish ( c3.Language.Data = “Turkish”;), shows the prototype after the changes; it is unaffected.

That’s all about Prototype Pattern.

Code can be found at GitHub




XDE Exit Code: HypervisorNotRunning when running Visual studio android emulator

Tonight i got stuck with this small issue for which I spent about 2 hours to figure out the fix.


When I try to start VS 2015 Emulator for Android it failed to start with the following error


“XDE Exit Code: HypervisorNotRunning”

Make sure that your system supports virtualization and you have Virtualization technology “ON” in your BIOS

Start cmd.exe with Admin rights and type


“bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto”


Restart the system and now try starting the emulator and it should start.


Hope it helps!! ūüôā


Sharing the code between multiple exceptions

Today I had a situation where I wanted to do same opertation in case of different exceptions. I came up with something simple

Here is the situation:

  // Exception throwing code
}catch(MongoConnectionException ex){
  // Some code here
}catch(IOException ex){
  // Some code here
}catch(SocketException ex){
  // Some code here

Now this looks already quite ugly. Not for you? Ok then its ugly for me ūüôā

So what I did some may consider it even more ugly but I can atleast share the code

I did it so that

  // Exception throwing code
}catch(Exception ex){
  if(ex is MongoConnectionException || ex is IOException || ex is SocketConnection){
    // Do some specific logic or setting of state for these type of exceptions
  // Do some common logic here

If you find some problem in doing this please let me know so that I can fix my code as well ūüôā But this reduced my code.



“failed to create jvm: error code -4 ” Ruby Mine

I faced this issue today when starting RubyMine. And going thorugh Ruby Mine manuals I figured it out how to fix this.

Right click on you Ruby Mine shortcut icon and click on Open File location just to reach to the folder which contains the Ruby mine .exe

Now open rubymine.exe.vmoptions edit -Xmx to 512m

Now start ruby mine and the error should be gone and it should open fine.

Hope this helps.