Chrome Dev Tools custom formatter for Immutable-js values
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Chrome Dev Tools for Immutable-js

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The Immutable library is fantastic, but inspecting immutable collections in Chrome's Dev Tools is awkward. You only see the internal data structure, not the logical contents. For example, when inspecting the contents of an Immutable List, you'd really like to see the items in the list.

Chrome (v47+) has support for custom "formatters". A formatter tells Chrome's Dev Tools how to display values in the Console, Scope list, etc. This means we can display Lists, Maps and other collections, in a much better way.

Essentially, it turns this:

Before

into:

After

This library provides a formatter to do just that.

Features

The library currently has formatters for:

  • List
  • Map & OrderedMap
  • Set & OrderedSet
  • Stack
  • Range (let me know if you use this :-), add πŸ‘ to #21)
  • Repeat (if you wish this, add πŸ‘ to #22)
  • Record
  • Seq β€” I do not have an idea how to display it. If you know, write it down into #23

Want something more? Write down your wishes!

Installation

Chrome v47+

In Dev Tools, press F1 to load the Settings. Scroll down to the Console section and tick "Enable custom formatters".

Then, in your project, install via npm:

npm install --save-dev immutable-devtools

And enable with:

var Immutable = require("immutable");

var installDevTools = require("immutable-devtools");
installDevTools(Immutable);

Note: You probably only want this library for debug builds, so perhaps wrap with if (DEBUG) {...} or similar.

Chrome Extension

Matt Zeunert created a Chrome Extension based on this project. It automatically installs the formatters when you open the DevTools. (Install from Chrome Web Store).

Using with webpack

You could use webpack.DefinePlugin to create a condition that will be allowed to install immutable-devtools in the debug build but unreachable in the production build:

// webpack.config.js
var webpack = require('webpack');
module.exports = {
  // ...
  plugins: [
    new webpack.DefinePlugin({
      __DEV__: JSON.stringify(process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production')
    })
  ],
};

In your source you'd have something like this...

// index.js
var immutable = require('immutable');
if (__DEV__) {
  var installDevTools = require('immutable-devtools');
  installDevTools(immutable);
}

And then by adding the -p shortcut to webpack for production mode which enables dead code elimination, the condition that requires immutable-devtools will be removed.

NODE_ENV=production webpack -p index.js

See #16 for more info.