It's perfect for development. Just don't forget to deactivate it on live sites.
1) To see what sequence things are happening in drop a few dump() lines around the place and a window pops up showing your dumps as one liners in sequence
2)Looking at code in request.php trying to follow it, then put a dump($GLOBALS) in my component and
"A picture paints a thousand words"
Fantastic little product
Previously I was tired of trying to figure out something in the mess I got when just using var_dump().
Its a musthave if you are not using monstrous development IDE for your needs.
There are a couple of pointers that can save folks some trouble based on some issues I did encounter.
As of writing this, this component/plug-in does not work with Google Chrome. The JS that J!Dump uses to fire the pop-up is not successful in Chrome. IE8 works however, so go with that. Second, don't forget to publish the plug-in. I know, silly and it is stated in the instructions, but I gave up on the extension some weeks ago because I didn't follow those instructions. Once I worked through these environmental issues, I have found that Joomla! isn't as scary of a black box as I supposed.
Thank you so much :)
and yes, the 1.6 compatibility would be great
Thanks! For the record, v1.2 and up are fully compatible with Joomla 1.5 and 1.6.
Get a deep understanding of the Joomla! MVC by getting easy to read dumps of variables, arrays and even dump objects with all their methods and members. Even call it from within the MVC framework to see how Joomla! is interpreting your calls to it's members.
Can't rate this component high enough.