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using a debugger on the exercism ECMAScript trail

14 Jul 2017

I like exercism. It’s a really nice site for learning a new language. Anyway, one thing I’ve wanted to get a bit better at is ECMAScript 2015 (ES6/Harmony) the newest version of JavaScript.

When I get stuck, I really like to be able to drop into a debugging environment, have a poke around, see what variables are doing, what the state of the world is. I didn’t find it very straightforward, and some Googl’ing came in useful. Eventually I found the incantation to do what I needed, thanks to this GitHub comment

  1. npm install jest-environment-node-debug --save-dev
  2. node --debug-brk --inspect ./node_modules/.bin/jest -i --env jest-environment-node-debug (node 7) or
  3. node --inspect-brk --inspect ./node_modules/.bin/jest -i --env jest-environment-node-debug (node 8)
  4. Then go to chrome://inspect (node 8) to open up the debugger and press play until you drop into your debugger.

Well, it worked for me anyway ;)

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