Quick and dirty debugging tip for Flex/ColdFusion

There are multiple methods of debugging applications, including the very cool FusionDebug, log files, ServiceCapture, and the debugging rolled into Flex Builder 2 itself. Here is a quick tip for another method to use. It’s ugly - but effective.

Modify your onError to dump the errors and log to a file like so:

<cffunction name="onError" returnType="void" output="false"> <cfargument name="exception" required="true"> <cfargument name="eventname" type="string" required="true"> <cfset var temp = "">

&lt;cflog file="my app" text="#arguments.exception.message#, #arguments.exception.detail#"&gt;
&lt;cfsavecontent variable="temp"&gt;
&lt;cfdump var="#arguments#"&gt;
&lt;/cfsavecontent&gt;
&lt;cffile action="write" file="c:\myapp.html" output="#temp#"&gt;
&lt;cfdump var="#arguments#"&gt;&lt;cfabort&gt; &lt;/cffunction&gt; </code>

I wrapped a dump of the arguments (which contain my exception) and simply save it to the C drive as an HTML file. I then have this file open in my browser. As I debug, I can simply reload the tab in Firefox to see what the latest error was.

I find this especially useful when the exception message is a bit too vague. With the dump I get the full trace of files where the error occurred.

Let me be absolutely clear: Do not use this code in production. It isn’t nice. It doesn’t play well with others. It runs with scissors. You get the idea. But I thought I’d share.

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