CloudBolt Quick Tips: The Plug-in Debugger

Within the CloudBolt product, we’re quickly adding a host of functionality, not all of which is obvious to users of the product. That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce this new series of blogs and videos—we’re providing an easy way to learn about features you may not have realized existed.

Many times when my team and I visit or talk with CloudBolt customers, we’re impressed with the rich variety of ways admins are extending CloudBolt’s functionality and user interface (UI) with plug-ins. In many cases, these admins have no training or experience as software engineers, and have been able to learn Python and how to write CloudBolt plug-ins as a side project and accomplish tricky integrations and orchestrations through creative coding. It’s impressive to see and gets us on the CloudBolt engineering team thinking of other tools we can provide to empower these advanced users. 

The CloudBolt plug-in debugger is just such a tool and we think it will enhance admins’ ability to write and understand sophisticated plug-ins, and to troubleshoot tricky edge cases. Traditional debuggers can be challenging to use, and at CloudBolt we wanted to rethink the user experience of debugging and provide our customers with a tool that was as simple as possible to use. We originally released the debugger in CloudBolt 8.6, but there are some significant advancements in CloudBolt 8.8, and we would encourage anyone writing or troubleshooting plug-ins to try it out in 8.8+.

Check out the video below for an in-depth look at this debugger in action, how it works, and how it may benefit your CloudBolt environment.

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