Why to Use CodeLobster IDE?
In this scenario, we have created a simple HTML page with a moving object. You can learn how to create and debug a script in the programming environment. To speed up the process of entering code, use hotkeys by pressing ‘Ctrl + Space’ and selecting the desired function from the list.
While working with the browser environment, having access to a comprehensive set of APIs is crucial for efficient programming. With the CodeLobster IDE, you can have the convenience of a built-in help system that provides you with up-to-date information on the programming languages you are working with. This saves you valuable time and eliminates the need to search the internet for resources. The “Dynamic Help” tab contains links to the official documentation, which are automatically selected for you and displayed on the right panel.
By hovering the mouse pointer over any function, HTML element, or CSS property, you can receive an instant tooltip.
It’s worth noting that you no longer need to utilize the setInterval() or setTimeout() functions to execute animations, as this is an outdated approach. Instead, use requestAnimationFrame() for optimal performance across all modern browsers.
Inspecting Scripts with the Built-in Debugger
To start the debugging, set a breakpoint. By setting a breakpoint at a specific line of code, the developer can examine the value of variables, step through the code, and identify potential errors in the program’s logic.
Similar to other IDEs, you can put one or multiple breakpoints by clicking the mouse to the left of the column with line numbers in the editor. Afterwards, press the F5 key to initiate the process or click on the “Live view” tab at the bottom of the program window. It will open the application in the default browser window and script execution will be discontinued on the first breakpoint. Now, you can move through each line of code sequentially by pressing the F11 key. By pressing the F5 key again, you can jump to the next breakpoint instantly.
In order to see the current value of any variable, you can hover the pointer over its name. Although it is better to use the special tabs on the bottom panel of the IDE in order to get extra details in a handy table view.
In this case we should be concerned in the following tabs:
- Call Stack – In the Call Stack, you can check the call stack and trace as the chain of function calls.
- Locals – It allows you to immediately measure the state of all available variables in the current script execution context.
- Watch – the so-called “watch list”, here you can place your preferred variables, the values of which you want to control. To add to a list, simply right-click on the variable name and select ‘Add Watch’ from the context menu.
If you want to complete the debugger, press Shift + F5. You can also disable the breakpoints by making a mouse click again.
CodeLobster ensures that your code is free of syntax errors and highlights the lines containing errors in the editor.
Node.js Support for Server-side Programming
A specialist in web development can create a mini-site or Single Page Application (SPA) using familiar technologies and subsequently craft a small back-end to test the new web application. In CodeLobster, working with Node is just as simple as with other libraries. Features like autocompletion and hints assist in speeding up typing, adhering to the standard asynchronous style, and enabling greater focus on the programming logics.
You can download any of the supported libraries from the “Plugins” section in the main menu of the program. Simply select the desired item and click “Download Framework”, and the IDE will automatically download and add the latest version of the framework to your project.