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Development Helpers

Development Helpers

Handlebars and Ember come with a few helpers that can make developing your templates a bit easier. These helpers make it simple to output variables into your browser's console, or activate the debugger from your templates.


The {{log}} helper makes it easy to output variables or expressions in the current rendering context into your browser's console:

{{log 'Name is:' name}}

The {{log}} helper also accepts primitive types such as strings or numbers.

Adding a breakpoint

The {{debugger}} helper provides a handlebars equivalent to JavaScript's debugger keyword. It will halt execution inside the debugger helper and give you the ability to inspect the current rendering context:


When using the debugger helper you will have access to a get function. This function retrieves values available in the context of the template. For example, if you're wondering why a value {{foo}} isn't rendering as expected within a template, you could place a {{debugger}} statement and, when the debugger; breakpoint is hit, you can attempt to retrieve this value:

> get('foo')

get is also aware of keywords. So in this situation:

{{#each items as |item|}}

You'll be able to get values from the current item:

> get('item.name')

You can also access the context of the view to make sure it is the object that you expect:

> context