ANN: Pluto Visual Debugger for Assembly programs using Serial Monitor

Started by Eric Engler July 4, 2006
I just released version 1.0 of Pluto. Pluto is an open source visual
debugger for Windows that works with embedded devices using the AN2548
Serial Monitor.

Pluto integrates well with my open source IDE, AsmIDE, and uses
programs that were compiled with the open source as12 assembler.

I'll add support for other debugging options later, like BDM and
d-bug12. I'll also look into supporting C language debugging when I
have some time.

The 9s12C32 is especially well suited for students and hobbiests
because it's a low cost part that has cool boards available that use a
DIP form factor, making them great for prototyping. Both Technological
Arts and Wytec make these boards, as well as docking boards and other
cool stuff. There are other companies who make these parts but I don't
know much about their offerings.

Until now this was a difficult chip to use because it uses the Serial
Monitor, which doesn't have a text mode interface. Fortunately, Alex
Harvey wrote the uBug12 program to let people use a text interface
similar to that offered by d-bug12. But it's still more difficult to
use text mode debugging in today's world where we rely on nice GUI
interfaces, so Pluto fills that gap.

Special thanks go to Alex Harvey of Technological Arts and Wayne Chu
of Wytec for their support!

Eric Engler