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How to Debug Angular Application State with Redux Tools

Welcome to today’s post.

I will discuss how to use Redux Dev Tools to debug and trace Angular applications that use NgRx store.

In a previous post I showed how to install NgRx libraries and implement NgRx Store within an Angular application.

Before you can use the Redux Tools extension you will need to install it into your browser.

Once the extension is added to Chrome, open development tools and locate the menu named “Redux” shown below:

After expanding the extensions menu, you will see more options to pin or position the Redux tools window in your main display:

I would recommend pinning the Redux extension to your Chrome browser menu bar. This is done in the Extensions menu as shown:

Once this is done you will see the extension icon pinned to the left of the extensions icon in the browser toolbar:

After running your application from VS Code in debug mode and launching your application, you will see the application data, state and actions from your Redux inspector:

Selecting the State tab, you will see the data for each Book entity record loaded from the API by the Effects class:

The loading and error states are also shown to confirm the state of data loading the any error states.

Clicking on the Raw tab will display the Json representation of the entity data as shown:

To trace actions and associated data changes, click on the slider toolbar button as shown:

During playback, the actions (red arrow) will be played back and the associated reducer functions for each state and action will be executed to transition between states (green arrow).

This shows the power of NgRx store as a storage framework for persisting the data flowing within your application. Once we have built the actions and effects, then populate our NxRx store through the reducers, our components are then able to read the data through a selector.

We can see with the Redux tool how the external data is structured, populated and available for our application to utilize in the form of states and actions. The tool also serves as a useful development debugging and tracing tool for our Angular application. With the ability to play back through different states this helps to trace application state before and after specific actions without having to place debug breakpoints and analyze variables manually.

That’s all for today’s post.

I hope you found this post useful and informative.

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