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Updated Debugging Rails Applications: use title case in all headings,…

… added changelog, some other small changes to the guide.

Added myself to authors.
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8 railties/doc/guides/authors.txt
@@ -13,4 +13,12 @@ He is based in Cambridge (UK) and when not consuming fine ales he blogs at http:
Mike Gunderloy is an independent consultant who brings 25 years of experience in a variety of languages to bear on his current
work with Rails. His near-daily links and other blogging can be found at[A Fresh Cup].
+.Emilio Tagua
+Emilio Tagua -- a.k.a. miloops -- is an Argentinian entrepreneur, developer, open source contributor and Rails evangelist.
+Cofounder of[Eventioz]. He has been using Rails since 2006 and contributing since early 2008.
+Can be found at gmail, twitter, freenode, everywhere as miloops.
43 railties/doc/guides/debugging/debugging_rails_applications.txt
@@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
-Debugging Rails applications
+Debugging Rails Applications
This guide covers how to debug Ruby on Rails applications. By referring to this guide, you will be able to:
@@ -8,7 +8,13 @@ This guide covers how to debug Ruby on Rails applications. By referring to this
* Learn the different ways of debugging
* Analyze the stack trace
-== View helpers for debugging
+== View Helpers for Debugging
+One common task is to inspect the contents of a variable. In Rails, you can do this with three methods:
+* `debug`
+* `to_yaml`
+* `inspect`
=== debug
@@ -40,8 +46,7 @@ attributes_cache: {}
Title: Rails debugging guide
-=== do it yourself
+=== to_yaml
Displaying an instance variable, or any other object or method, in yaml format can be achieved this way:
@@ -72,6 +77,8 @@ attributes_cache: {}
Title: Rails debugging guide
+=== inspect
Another useful method for displaying object values is `inspect`, especially when working with arrays or hashes, it will print the object value as a string, for example:
[source, html]
@@ -91,13 +98,13 @@ Will be rendered as follows:
Title: Rails debugging guide
-== The logger
+== The Logger
=== What is it?
-Rails makes use of rubys standard `logger`, `Log4r`, or another logger that provides a similar interface can also be substituted if you wish.
+Rails makes use of ruby's standard `logger` to write log information. You can also substitute another logger such as `Log4R` if you wish.
-If you want to change the logger you can specify it in your `environment.rb` or any environment file.
+If you want to change the logger you can specify it in your +environment.rb+ or any environment file.
[source, ruby]
@@ -114,9 +121,9 @@ config.logger ="Application Log")
-By default, each log is created under `RAILS_ROOT/log/` and the log file name is `environment_name.log`.
+By default, each log is created under `RAILS_ROOT/log/` and the log file name is +environment_name.log+.
-=== Log levels
+=== Log Levels
When something is logged it's printed into the corresponding log if the message log level is equal or higher than the configured log level. If you want to know the current log level just call `ActiveRecord::Base.logger.level` method.
@@ -133,7 +140,7 @@ This is useful when you want to log under development or staging, but you don't
Rails default log level is +info+ in production mode and +debug+ in development and test mode.
-=== Sending messages
+=== Sending Messages
To write in the current log use the `logger.(debug|info|warn|error|fatal)` method from within a controller, model or mailer:
@@ -236,7 +243,7 @@ In development mode, you can dynamically `require \'ruby-debug\'` instead of res
In order to use Rails debugging you'll need to be running either *WEBrick* or *Mongrel*. For the moment, no alternative servers are supported.
-=== The shell
+=== The Shell
As soon as your application calls the `debugger` method, the debugger will be started in a debugger shell inside the terminal window you've fired up your application server and you will be placed in the ruby-debug's prompt `(rdb:n)`. The _n_ is the thread number.
@@ -305,7 +312,7 @@ If we do it again, this time using just `l`, the next ten lines of the file will
And so on until the end of the current file, when the end of file is reached, it will start again from the beginning of the file and continue again up to the end, acting as a circular buffer.
-=== The context
+=== The Context
When we start debugging your application, we will be placed in different contexts as you go through the different parts of the stack.
A context will be created when a stopping point or an event is reached. It has information about the suspended program which enable a debugger to inspect the frame stack, evaluate variables from the perspective of the debugged program, and contains information about the place the debugged program is stopped.
@@ -349,7 +356,7 @@ The debugger can list, stop, resume and switch between running threads, the comm
This command is very helpful, among other occasions, when you are debugging concurrent threads and need to verify that there are no race conditions in your code.
-=== Inspecting variables
+=== Inspecting Variables
Any expression can be evaluated in the current context, just type it!
@@ -422,7 +429,7 @@ We can use also `display` to start watching variables, this is a good way of tra
The variables inside the displaying list will be printed with their values after we move in the stack. To stop displaying a variable use `undisplay _n_` where _n_ is the variable number (1 in the last example).
-=== Step by step
+=== Step by Step
Now you should know where you are in the running trace and be able to print the available variables. But lets continue and move on with the application execution.
@@ -601,4 +608,10 @@ set listsize 25
* link:[Ryan Bate's logger screencast]
* link:[Debugging with ruby-debug]
* link:[ruby-debug cheat sheet]
-* link:[Ruby on Rails Wiki: How to Configure Logging]
+* link:[Ruby on Rails Wiki: How to Configure Logging]
+== Changelog ==
+[Lighthouse ticket]
+* September 16, 2008: initial version by link:../authors.html#miloops[Emilio Tagua]

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