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Debug JavaScript with Venkman

Sick of alert( )? Trade up to Venkman, Mozilla’s GUI-oriented script-debugging tool

Before Firefox, there was the Mozilla Application Suite (MAS), and that suite supported a script-debugging tool for complex web pages that contain lots of scripts. That tool is called the JavaScript Debugger, or Venkman (a project name) for short. Venkman is also available for Firefox.

Finding and Installing Venkman

Beware, there’s a lot of older and less relevant information on the Web that describes Venkman. To use the debugger in Firefox, you need a Venkman XPI bundle that behaves like an extension. Here’s the best way to find it:

  1. Check the Mozilla Update web site (http://update.mozilla.org) for Venkman or for the JavaScript Debugger under the Developer Tools category. Install that and ignore the rest of this advice.


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