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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Do you like debug messages?

I do. - Well thats not entirely correct. I _love_ debug messages! :-)
What kept annoying me all the time, was that it is not easily possible to output debug messages when creating a website with PHP. Either you spit out the messages right into the resulting html - not that nice, or you save them to a file and keep tail -f'ing that file. - Not that nice either.
While developing a Webinterface in the company i work, i finally found an IMHO nice solution to this problem:
A floatable debug window. - Well, not a real browser window, but a movable div-tag with the debug messages in it. Together with a helper function in PHP and javascript i am now able to send debug messages to that window at any time. - Either while generating the page, using the PHP function, or while running javascript, using the javascript function. And if the window gets into my way, i simply move it away or close it completly. - Very nice.
Wanna see a screenshot?

Not so nice news are, that my brother had a car accident yesterday. He drove drunk, but didn't hurt himself or any other. - Thank god! But nevertheless the car is a wreck, and he had to release his driving license. Strange to say that he never drove drunk befor, rather getting home with friends or staying over night. Hope it's a lesson for him. We are all thankful that he is still well and alive.


  • Very nice debug window:)

    But why you don't use a good IDE like Zend Studio for programming with PHP instead?! This would you give much more interaction and better debugging with the script.
    Perhapse you can do this with PHPEdit, too. I don't know.

    But anyway your work is a good solution for simple debugging with a great look:)

    By Blogger Raven, at 1:29 PM  

  • Nice to hear from you again, Raven! :-)

    My thoughts on this:
    Well, first ZendStudio costs money. :-)
    Second, I never got the debug facilities of such IDE's working right. PHPEdit also has a Debugger but when building sites with sessions i was not able to use it. And third: Since I'm developing an application server in PHP I have multiple processes generating the resulting html page, and that would not be possible to debug with an IDE.
    But you are right, I should try those debuggers again... :-)

    By Blogger Shyru, at 3:37 PM  

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