Have you wondered if a single function call would be sufficient to output the array in pre-formatted way. I have been working with opencart for some months and I realize how repititive is it to repeat same lines of code to make array look nice. By the way, I am a big fan of CakePHP framework and its powerful debugging technique.

echo '<pre>';
echo </pre>;

Whenever I need to echo any array, I needed to repeat the “pre” so that I get readable array.
So, I thought of making a global function debug(), so that it takes array as argument and prints the array in a nice format.

For this, there is a need for making a global function, so that we can access this function whenever we require, like


The debug function was added in the abstract class Controller after render() function at system/engine/controller.php and if you need it for model , system/engine/model.php.

   * @author Ashok Basnet
   * 2013-1-13
   * Debug function for opencart
   * @params array
   * @return true
  public function debug($array){
    // show calling url : Line line_number
    $bt = debug_backtrace();
    $caller = array_shift($bt);
    echo ''.$caller['file'].' : Line '.$caller['line'].'';
    echo '<pre>';
    echo '</pre>';
    return true; 


I don’t think the core modification is a good idea, but if it can make your life easier, then why not…

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