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Phel doesn't come with an integrated debug framework. However, you can debug the values of your functions by dumping their values. And for this, there are some strategies.

println function#

(println (+ 1 1))

Native var_dump()#

You can use any php function simply using the php/ prefix, so you can use:

# Dumping a definition by its name
(def v (+ 2 2))
(php/var_dump v)
# Directly dumping the result of a function
(php/var_dump (+ 3 3))

Additionally, you can call (php/die) to force the execution of the process so that you can debug a particular value on your own rhythm.

Symfony dumper: dump() & dd()#

Symfony has an awesome VarDumper Component which you can use in your phel projects as well. You can install it by using composer, under your require-dev dependencies.

"require-dev": {
    "symfony/var-dumper": "^5.4"

And then, the same drill, you can dump() a definition by its name or the function result:

(php/dump (+ 4 4))

Additionally, you can also use dd() to dump and die the execution of the program as soon as it reaches that point:

(php/dd (+ 5 5))

Check the evaluated PHP#

You can keep the generated temporal PHP files for debugging purposes. Useful when you see an error occurring on /private/var/folders/qq/dvftwj.../T/__phelV2KvGD but the file does not exist. Read the docs.

<?php # phel-config-local.php

return (require __DIR__ . '/phel-config.php')

TIP: Add this file to the .gitignore of the project, so you can have control over the configuration while on development without changing the global config.