Javascript var_dump() for debug

/**
 * Function : dump()
 * Arguments: The data - array,hash(associative array),object
 *    The level - OPTIONAL
 * Returns  : The textual representation of the array.
 * This function was inspired by the print_r function of PHP.
 * This will accept some data as the argument and return a
 * text that will be a more readable version of the
 * array/hash/object that is given.
 * Docs: http://www.openjs.com/scripts/others/dump_function_php_print_r.php
 */
function dump(arr,level) {
	var dumped_text = "";
	if(!level) level = 0;

	//The padding given at the beginning of the line.
	var level_padding = "";
	for(var j=0;j<level+1;j++) level_padding += "    ";

	if(typeof(arr) == 'object') { //Array/Hashes/Objects
		for(var item in arr) {
			var value = arr[item];

			if(typeof(value) == 'object') { //If it is an array,
				dumped_text += level_padding + "'" + item + "' ...\n";
				dumped_text += dump(value,level+1);
			} else {
				dumped_text += level_padding + "'" + item + "' => \"" + value + "\"\n";
			}
		}
	} else { //Stings/Chars/Numbers etc.
		dumped_text = "===>"+arr+"<===("+typeof(arr)+")";
	}
	return dumped_text;
}

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One Response to “Javascript var_dump() for debug”

  1. I have created a similar code that shows type names and class names:
    http://rubsphp.blogspot.com/2011/03/vardump-para-javascript.html

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