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CakePHP Development

How to debug Ajax calls?

While we were working on this tutorial, all of a sudden we learned that some of the work was done for us by nice folks at php-editors.com. They published two new articles, where they covered the use of PHP IDE in the development of Web 2.0 applications with PHP on the back end: Even though neither article is related to CakePHP, "Debugging PHP, JSON and JavaScripts Application using PHP IDE" covers the use of DebugBreak() function to intercept the JavaScript injection requests to PHP scripts on the server. In summary, this is very simple:

You can place the call to the function DebugBreak() provided by dbg debugger in any place of CakePHP files (PHP or view .thtml) and the moment this function is hit, PhpED will automatically start the debug session.

Lets do it really quickly, first enable the Ajax link:
  • Place prototype.js file in app/webroot/js folder - you can get it from www.prototypejs.org
  • To invoke Ajax helper add
    var $helpers = array('Html', 'Javascript', 'Ajax');
    to posts_controller.php in PostsController class
  • Change index.thtml:
    • Add javascript links:
      <?php print $html->charsetTag('UTF-8'); 
      print $javascript-link('prototype');?>
    • Replace
      <?php echo $html->link( 
          'Are you sure?' 
      With ajax link version:
      <?php echo $ajax->link( 
          'Are you sure?' 
    Your code is now Ajax enabled and delete post action link will actually result in Ajax call to the controller. If you place DebugBreak() in delete() method of PostsController class, you will see how Ajax debugging works:
  • Run index.php in external browser to avoid the deadlock:
CakePHP PHP Ajax files

  • Click on delete now and see debugging session start:
CakePHP PHP Ajax Debugging

And that's the icing on top of CakePHP!

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