Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Script Debugger for IE on Vista

Since upgrading to Vista I have really missed the script debugger, it comes in extremely handy when working through your JS issues on IE. If you've never used it, you are missing out. It's quite a bit more powerful than the standard syntax checker that comes with Firefox, but I assume there are is a similar plug-in for Firefox.

To start, go download it here. You need to save it locally, perform the install, then update your IE settings under tools --> internet options --> advanced --> uncheck 'disable script debugging...'. Once that's done, you might want to play it safe and restart your pc. At least that's what I had to do.

I want to stress the fact that you need to save it locally, and then install it, as 'running' it from the microsoft site does not kick off the install properly.

6 comments:

  1. Did you get Script Debugger to work in Vista, just seems to hang IE?

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  2. Hi Alan,

    I haven't had any problems, but to be honest I normally use the error checking in Firefox as it's quite a bit more convenient to use.

    You can find it under Tools --> Error Console.

    Hope this helps and have a good day,
    Michael

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  3. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Yeah, when I opened up Script Debugger in Vista, it just hanged IE7. I then closed IE, and a security warning (User Account Control) came up asking if I wanted to open up the Script Debugger, I then checked 'do this everytime' and clicked 'Allow'. Once I opened up IE again, then the Script Debugger worked perfectly.

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  4. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Yeah, when I opened up Script Debugger in Vista, it just hanged IE7. I then closed IE, and a security warning (User Account Control) came up asking if I wanted to open up the Script Debugger, I then checked 'do this everytime' and clicked 'Allow'. Once I opened up IE again, then the Script Debugger worked perfectly.

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  5. Firefox standard debugging tool is called Firebug (note I didn't say built-in). Microsoft script debugger compared to Firebug is like catapult compared to fighter jet LOL ...

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  6. Thanks for the article. Too bad the debugger isn't that good though...

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