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From "Chris Brody (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-623) Logger functionality separated from (debug) console
Date Tue, 01 May 2012 23:08:52 GMT
Chris Brody created CB-623:

             Summary: Logger functionality separated from (debug) console
                 Key: CB-623
             Project: Apache Callback
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: CordovaJS, Docs, iOS
    Affects Versions: 1.6.1
         Environment: In discussion from CB-611 it is a bad idea to mix logger level functionality
with HTML5 console log
            Reporter: Chris Brody
            Assignee: Filip Maj
             Fix For: Master

After a long discussion with Patrick Mueller in CB-611 it is now clear to me that it is a
bad idea to mix extra logger level functionality with {{console}} log functionality. The existing
{{console}} object (or {{window.console}} which is equivalent) was already emulating the HTML
API for console.log, however some changes that only work in the iOS version are adding extra
functions that are not HTML compatible. So if users start writing code that uses extra functions
in the {{console}} or {{window.console}} namespace that code will start throwing exceptions
if ported or reused in a pure HTML(5) application.

Patrick Mueller proposed an excellent idea in CB-611 to add a new Javascript object like {{cordova.logger}}
to put the functionality related to logging. The primary purpose should be for plugin authors
to log things that may be important for debugging applications. So the {{console}} (or {{window.console}})
object can be remain with a fully HTML-compliant API.

Also, I think there is some agreement that having a built-in plugin called "Debug Console"
(with the space in the middle) should be fixed (CB-611/CB-617). Patrick Mueller suggested
that we call the plugin something like "Logger" and I really like that idea. It is positioning
a lower-level logging facility, that can be called by a higher-level {{console}} API implementation.

I hereby leave this issue together with CB-611 as well as CB-617 CB-618 CB-619 open for discussion.

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