Script debugging tips

Monica wrote a very nice document for this feature.

A few quick highlights:

  • Internet explorer defaults to having script debugging disabled. IE also likes to disable script debugging when you install a new version of IE (example: XP SP2). In IE, go to Tools->Internet Options->Advanced. Prior to Windows XP SP2, the option you needed to uncheck was 'Disable Script Debugging'. In XP SP2, the IE team decided to split this into two separate options – 'Disable Script Debugging (Internet Explorer)' and 'Disable Script Debugging (Other)'. The 'Other' option control script debugging in other applications that use mshtml.dll such as Outlook.
  • Try to keep all of your script running in the same script block. IE will sometimes get confused if you have more then one.
  • To debug client side script that is in a .ASPX file, you will need to either open the .ASPX file from the Running Documents window (called the 'Script Documents' window in Visual Studio 2005), or set a breakpoint by function name (Ctrl-B).

Comments (5)
  1. says:

    When tring to log onto AOL, I get many screens that state a script error and Just-In-Time notices.

    In browsing,disable script debugging is checked but the notices still appear.

    What else can I do?

    Perry Gerhart

  2. Gregg Miskelly says:

    What kind of exception are you getting?

  3. Smelly says:

    The only thing I’ve found that works fairly consistently is the ‘debugger;’ statement. If you’ve got a lot of script in different blocks and files sometimes this is the only way to get the debugger to stop where you want, especially if your script is in a .htc! Even then, you’re not always guaranteed the debugger will be pointing at actual code when it stops.

    I recently finished a lengthy complicated web application project and the script debugger was probably the one thing that caused me the most grief, hair pulling and cursing throughout the life of that project.

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