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Top 5 JavaScript Console Features 👩‍💻

Dom (dcode)
Web Developer from Australia that runs the YouTube Channel 'dcode'!
・2 min read

The JavaScript console is a useful tool when developing front-end or server-side applications. In this post, I'll be going over 5 features of the console which I hoped I knew earlier.

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1. Console Groups

With the console.group() function, you can create collapsible groups in the console to group and name your output.

Code

console.group("Person Data");
console.log("Name: Dom");
console.log("Age: 32");
console.groupEnd();
console.log("Outside of the group...");
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Output

Console Groups

2. Live Expressions

Available in the Google Chrome Developer Console is the Live Expression feature, which allows you to input a JavaScript expression and receive live updates on it's value.

These are great for keeping track of variables as you debug, such as X, Y values or the state of the application.

How To Use

Live Expressions

3. Timing Your Code

With the console.time() function, you're able to benchmark and time your code. For example, the code below will output how long it took to add 10,000 <h5> tags to the page.

Code

console.time("addHeadings");

for (let i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
    document.body.insertAdjacentHTML("beforeend", "<h5>Heading</h5>");
}

console.timeEnd("addHeadings");
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Output

Timing Your Code

4. Styling With CSS

Yes, you heard that right. You can use CSS in the JavaScript console. Using the console.log() function and multiple arguments, you can add CSS rules to the text.

By using %c in your string, you are saying that any text after it will have the subsequent CSS styles applied.

Code

console.log("I am regular and %cI am boldy blue.", "color: blue; font-weight: bold;");
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Output

Styling With CSS

5. Assertions

With the console.assert() function, you can test if your code is doing what you expect it to do, similar to unit tests. If the given expression isn't true, an exception will be thrown.

While the usefulness of this feature is going to vary from developer to developer, it can be used in place of console.log() in many scenarios.

Code

console.assert(true === true);
console.assert(true === false);
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Output

Assertions

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lazinessincarnate

Nice article! How could you not include console.table though?!

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