Have you tried Devel:ptkdb, because I wonder how they compare? Is the VS ide debugger superior in someway? I have to ask you, because I hardly ever run Windows, and sure wouldn't pay for an Windows IDE. :-)
As I have never tried Devel:ptkdb I can't comment as to a comparision. I will note that I did not pay for a windows IDE because I am using the Express edition of Visual Studio.
But I was mostly commenting on how not using an integrated debugger (when I use Perl and C) leads me to write code differently. I'm not trying to start a debugger war (however anteaters might be the best debuggers ever).