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Troubleshooting tools

Jul 21, 2015
Troubleshooting tools
  • Firebug
    "Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page".

    Jing
    "Jing captures anything on you see on your computer screen, as an image or short video, and lets you share it instantly".

    Joomla Error Reporting
    Not for your production site, but for your development environment you can go into Joomla's Global Configuration, Server tab and set Error Reporting to maximum to allow php to give you detailed information about any warnings or errors it finds.

    Fabrik Debug
    In Fabrik's back-end, select Options then the Debugging tab and set "Allow fabrikDebug" to yes. Video on how to do this in this forum thread - http://fabrikar.com/forums/index.ph...y-lists-to-use-it-on-views.41066/#post-206867.

    Then if you edit the URL for the page you are trying to fix to append the following string:
    Code (Text):
    &fabrikdebug=1
    you will get additional debugging information. In other words if you were not using SEF (search engine friendly URLS), it would look like ...

    Code (Text):
    http://your.site/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=list&listid=123&fabrikdebug=1
    ... with the ? after the URL part, and before option=. But with SEF, it be something like ...

    Code (Text):
    http://your.site/fabrik/list/123?fabrikdebug=1
    ... ot whatever SEF format you are using.

    Joomla System Debug
    Although this does not show much information about Fabrik, it can be useful for general Joomla debugging to go into Joomla's Global Configuration, System tab and set "Debug System" to yes.

    Joomla Language Debug
    If you are working on translation of Fabrik literal strings, it might be useful to go into Joomla's Global Configuration, System tab and set "Debug Language" to yes.

    php variable display
    If you are working on php code on a remote server and want to be able easily to dump variables so you can see what is happening in your code, then the J!Dump extension from the Joomla Extension Directory could be useful. Any variables that you dump will be shown in a pop-up window.

    (If you have a local server, you might find using and IDE with debugging even better - see Joomla's Setting up your workstation for web development or Setting up your workstation for Joomla development.)

    Note: If you find other tools useful, please share them here.