When it's easier to rewrite than refactor
It's hoped the new "Debugger.html" will replace todays XUL-based debugger, which the project's Bryan Clark describes as “incredibly hard to change”.
That may not necessarily happen, because Clark notes there's another team in Firefox that's working on refactoring the existing debugger code.
As well as shipping inside the Firefox nightly build, debugger.html uses the Chrome Debugging Protocol, which lets it attach to and debug Chrome tabs and Node processes.
Clark's post continues: “because it is built with reusable components we’ve demoed the debugger being embedded in an editor and running as a CLI. Even if only part of the UI components are needed, the application model still works as intended allowing for many possible opportunities of reuse.”
So it's easy to navigate the code, the debugger includes a “Sources” panel, which organises source code by folders. Other UI work includes reorganising the presentation of information about the Call Stack, Scope, and Breakpoints.
Clark has also put together a technical explainer at Mozilla Hacks, here. ®
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