So, grab your apron, and let's add this flavor booster to our dish!
The Culinary Twist: Debugging
In our previous blog post, we learned how to set up a Vite project for Sitecore Content Hub and create our first React component. Now, let's understand how to debug these components.
Why Use TypeScript Files for Debugging?
- Superior Development Tools Support: Development tools such as VS Code offer excellent support for TypeScript, including advanced features like IntelliSense, which provides code suggestions, type checking, and autocompletion. This makes the development and debugging process a lot smoother. To further enhance your debugging experience, you might want to consider installing VS Code extensions like:
Getting Ready for Debugging
In the TypeScript file index.tsx, we include console log statements, which will output valuable information to the browser console while debugging.
Taste Test (Debugging)
Open the index.html in a browser to see the component in action. One of the powerful tools at our disposal here are the browser's developer tools. These tools not only allow us to observe logs and catch any bugs in the component, but they also provide capabilities like setting breakpoints, a critical part of the debugging process.
Breakpoints are markers that you can set at specific lines in your code. When your browser executes your code and encounters a breakpoint, it'll pause execution. This pause allows you to examine the current state of your code, including the values of variables, the call stack, and more.
To use breakpoints:
Open the Developer Tools (For instance, in Chrome, you can press F12 or Ctrl + Shift + I).
Navigate to the 'Source' tab (this might be named differently in browsers other than Chrome).
Locate your TypeScript file in the file navigator. It should be under the 'localhost' section.
Click on the line number beside the code where you want to set a breakpoint. A marker will appear, indicating that a breakpoint has been set.
When you reload your page, execution will pause at your breakpoint, allowing you to examine the state of your code at that point.
In the Network tab, ensure 'Disable cache' is selected. This forces the browser to get the latest versions of all files from the server, helping you avoid potential confusion caused by caching.
We've added a robust flavor to our dish - debugging. It's an integral part of the cooking process in our digital kitchen. Just like in a culinary kitchen where chefs taste their dishes before serving, in our digital kitchen, we debug our code before deploying. This helps us catch and rectify any bugs, ensuring that we're delivering a high-quality, delicious dish to our diners.
That's it for today's culinary-tech adventure! In the next blog post, we'll dive deeper into converting an Existing Sitecore Content Hub 4.1 external component to a React component. Until then, keep cooking and debugging!