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    Debug Trainer

    Randomly break your code and then use your debugging skills to fix it!

    What is it?

    The blog post goes into more detail, but basically:

    debug_trainer is a terminal program that helps you practice debugging by breaking your code in random ways, so that you can practice tracking down and fixing the errors.

    NEW Interactive Mode!

    Running debug_trainer with no other arguments will run it in "interactive mode". Instead of having to run each command individually, it will ask you what to do in the console. If you give it a filename, as in debug_trainer myFile.js, it will break that file. If you just run debug_trainer, it will choose a file at random.

    Commands

    Note: if you use the new interactive mode, you don't need to know these commands anymore

    The break command will introduce an error to a file of your choosing.

    The error-type-hint and line-hint commands will give you hints about what was broken.

    The explain command will tell you in words exactly what the change was if you can't find it.

    And when you're done, the reset command will set the file back to normal.

    This package should work well for files in many different languages; I've tried to keep the changes it makes as generalizable as is reasonably possible.

    Installation

    npm install -g debug_trainer

    Usage

    Interactive mode usage

    Randomly introduce an error into a file called myFile.js:

    debug_trainer myFile.js

    Randomly introduce an error into a randomly chosen file in your current working directory:

    debug_trainer

    Old non-interactive-mode usage

    Replace myFile.js in any of these examples with one of the files in a project of yours (it does not have to be a JavaScript file).

    Randomly introduce an error into a file called myFile.js:

    debug_trainer break myFile.js

    Randomly introduce three errors into a file called myFile.js:

    debug_trainer break --count 3 myFile.js

    Display a hint that explains what type of error(s) were introduced into myFile.js:

    debug_trainer error-type-hint myFile.js

    Display a hint that tells you the line number where the error(s) were introduced into myFile.js:

    debug_trainer line-hint myFile.js

    Describe exactly what part(s) of myFile.js were broken and how:

    debug_trainer explain myFile.js

    Change myFile.js back to its original, unbroken state:

    debug_trainer reset myFile.js

    Development

    To build the program:

    npm run build

    To run in development mode:

    npm run dev

    To run all tests:

    npm run test

    To run the compiled program:

    node bin/debug_trainer

    Possible future features

    • Command to revert file to broken state, without any user changes made while debugging
    • Command to console log content of the original, working file
    • Command to console log content of the original broken state without any user changes made while debugging
    • Command to explain what error was introduced
    • Command to reset all broken files
    • Command to remove break data without resetting any files
    • Ability to run the file to confirm the original isn't broken, or to confirm that the broken version is actually broken
    • Add more encouragements (perhaps using Leslie Knope compliments for inspiration?)

    Possible future error possibilities to introduce

    • == vs = swap
    • underscore vs hyphen swap
    • messing with presence of the this keyword in JavaScript, self in Python, @-variables in Ruby, etc.

    Install

    npm i debug_trainer

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    6.6.2

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