Using Vorlon to debug Office Apps Javascript

If you have been following Build 2015, you must have heard about the cool new Javascript debugging tool released by Microsoft Open Source - VorlonJS. The steps to install Vorlon are real easy.

  1. Install Node.js on your system.
  2. Install Vorlon on your install by the following command in NPM - "npm i -g vorlon"
  3. Run Vorlon by command - "vorlon".

Vorlon is especially useful in scenarios where an app supports devices of multiple sizes in different environments. Since Office apps (including SharePoint apps) can now run literally anywhere - Web, Windows, Android, iOS - it makes sense to have a tool which helps you quickly debug issues in all these environments without resorting to weird hacks.

In this example, I am going to show you how easy it is to use Vorlon in a Word Task Pane app. 

  1. Include a reference to Vorlon in your webpage - 

     <script src="http://localhost:1337/vorlon.js"></script>
  2. Done!

Here are some screenshots (Click for original image size):