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MyDevel: Debug

Adds debug functionality to MyBB.

Version: 1.1
Author: Aries-Belgium
Submitted: 7th January 2011
Last Updated: 31st January 2011
This plugin is for development purposes only.

As every plugin developer knows, during the development stage of a plugin you need to use var_dump() or print_r() a lot. This is the normal way of debugging in PHP but this breaks the layout and style of MyBB and puts the information on top of the page without any markup or structure. MyDevel: Debug adds two simple functions to MyBB to add debug information in the header and structures it in a more convenient way. Arrays and objects are structured in a tree-like way and levels are (de)collapsible.

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The functions that can be used are:
1) mydump()
This is a variant of var_dump(). The first parameter is the variable you would like to see. The second optional parameter is the name to easily identify the dump.

mydump($var, $name='...');

2) mybacktrace()
This will dump the backtrace to the debug section. It doesn't take any parameter.


The plugin also includes a test package which you can activate if you like to see the functionality of this plugin. After you activated this test package, post a new thread to your forum and you will see the content of the $mybb and $thread_info variable in the header. In the AdminCP Dashboard you will also see a dump that was made from a admincp hook.

There are two settings that can be set:
- The usergroups separated by a comma for which the debug information should be visible. By default this is only usergroup 4 (= Administrators)
- The skin of the debug information.