Kenneth Auchenberg

Passion for the web platform.

The fundamental problem with vorlon.js and similar remote debugging solutions.

This post is a follow-up discussion of brief Twitter thread between @deltakosh, @meulta, @pierlag and @davrous where I asked into the reasoning behind building Vorlon.js.

Preface: This is quite an opinionated post, and everything here is said without have had a chat with the team, and is purely based upon the observations I’ve made since the announcement and by following the project. I might be completely wrong in my criticism.

Use Chrome DevTools to debug your user’s browser remotely with BrowserRemote.

As a part of my talk about the future of DevTools and my RemoteDebug initiative at JSCamp in Romania, I build a little prototype I’d like to introduce. It’s called BrowserRemote.

Preface: My intention with BrowserRemote is to show-case the powerfullness of exposing remote debugging, in a secure manner, to application developers via an injected API, and to show that remote debugging can be valuable for end-users too.

RemoteDebug and cross-browser DevTools. One year later.

This post has been on my mind for a while now. I’ve kept pushing it, but now is the time to do a status of my RemoteDebug initiative, that I launched a little more than a year ago.

I announced RemoteDebug as a separate initiative, with the hope of one or more of the established vendors would join, and help drive the initiative forward.

That didn’t happen.

60 items. For the next many months in Asia.

It’s now 24 hours ago I arrived here in hot Bangkok with just 60 items with me. For the next coming months I’ll be traveling asia, in a somewhat unplanned manner. It’s the first time I’m traveling longer than a month, and the first time I’m on my own.

Exciting!

Traveling like this has been on my mind for a while, and after reading this What I learnt from bootstrapping my startup from Thailand in six months post by @levels.io, on how to be traveling as a “digital nomade”, I made the decision that it soon was going to be my turn.

So here I am. In Bangkok, with my laptop, camera and 58 other items.

I’m ready to meet new people, explore Asia, and have a great time.

Taking Chrome DevTools outside of the browser.

For a while I’ve been wondering how much work it would be to take Chrome DevTools out of the browser, and into its own app - independent of Chrome.

So about a month ago, where I had a quiet evening in the airport I pulled Chrome DevTools from the git repo, and wrapped the app with node-webkit. A few hours later, after figuring out how node-webkit worked, I had a functional prototype of DevTools as a standalone app.