Friday, April 13th, 2007

Fireclipse: Debug from FF straight into Eclipse

Category: Announcements, JavaScript, Utility

John J. Barton has released a new open source framework named Fireclipse that enables nice coupling of Firefox and Eclipse for debugging purposes, working on top of Firebug.

  • Fireclipse routes error messages from Firefox’s
    Javascript Console to Eclipse’s console.
  • Fireclipse positions an Eclipse editor on the source line reported by Firefox.
  • Calls to dump() end up on the Eclipse console
  • Fireclipse adds an Eclipse panel to Firebug
  • Extensions to Firebug include:
  • debug eval() code.
  • debug event handlers
  • route error messages to eclipse
  • executable line numbers marked

Take a peak at the page of screenshots to see it setup in Firefox and Eclipse.

( via Dean Edwards )

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:36 am

4 rating from 32 votes


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Holy smokes! The Holy Grail if this actually works. I’ve yet to get the Aptana tools to live up their promise. Wish I weren’t so slammed today so I could give this a try.

Comment by steve apel — April 13, 2007

John J. Barton. Your my hero.

Comment by Scott — April 13, 2007

Anyone been able to get it to work? Or to find how to install Eclipse plugin?

Comment by Jimmy — April 15, 2007

The install process involves patching Firebug, so I decided not to try this out. It’s not clear to me what Fireclipse offers that isn’t available using Aptana, aside from the Firebug integration. Steve, can you be more specific about why Fireclipse is exciting for you?

Comment by morganizeit — April 16, 2007

Hey, looks cool…
i just tryed the firebug patch,
couldn’t get it to work (on windows).
Did any one heard of someone using it?
Could he give a link to the generated xpi?

Comment by ggd — April 17, 2007

I’ve now tested on linux as well, script pass with no error but the result xpi doesn’t give me the eclipse tab in firebug…
I’ve seen many posts about this extension on the web, but couldn’t find any feedback of users…
Is this stuff real or what?

Comment by ggd — April 17, 2007

I got the same problem, the web of John J. Barton works and redirect to But there is no eclipse plugin, its only firebug. I install it, and didn´t appear the eclipse tab like de screenshots.*checkout*/fireclipse/trunk/FireclipseDocumentation/screenshots.htm
Anybody make it works?

Comment by diego — September 12, 2007

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