Debug Trait

trait Atk4\Core\DebugTrait


Agile Core implements ability for application to implement “debug”, “info” and “messages”. The general idea of them is that they can be generated in the depths of the code, but the application will receive and process this information based on the defined settings.

Sample scenario would be if some of the components tries to perform operation which fails and it is willing to pass information about this failure to the app. This is not as extreme as exception, but still, user needs to be able to find this information eventually.

Compatibility with PSR-3

Loggers as implemented by PSR-3 define message routing with various LogLevels, but it’s intended for logging only. The Debug Trait covers a wider context as described below:


The design goal of Debug is to be able to display contextual debug information only when it’s manually enabled. For instance, if you are having problem with user authentication, you should enable $auth->debug(true). On other hand - if you wish to see persistence-related debug info, then $db->debug(true) will enable that.

Information logged through debug like this on any object that implements DebugTrait:

$this->debug('Things are bad');
$this->debug('User {user} created', ['user' => $user]);

The Application itself can use DebugTrait too and normally should do, making it possible to use $this->getApp()->debug().

Various objects may implement DebugTrait and also invoke $this->debug(), but in most cases this will simply be ignored right away unless you manually enable debugging for the object:

$obj1->debug(true); // enable debugging
$obj1->debug(false); // disable debugging
$obj1->debug(true); // also enables debugging

$obj1->debug('test1'); // will go to logger
$obj2->debug('test2'); // will not go to logger because debug is not enabled for this object

Executing debug will look for $this->getApp() link and if the application implements Psr\Log\LoggerInterface, then $this->getApp()->log() will be called using LogLevel DEBUG.


Log method will log message every time. DebugTrait implements the log() method which will either display information on the STDOUT (if $this->getApp() does not exist or does not implement PSR-3)


This method can help you find situations when a certain code is called multiple times and when it shouldn’t. When called first time it will remember “trace” which is used to arrive at this point. Second time it will compare with the previous and will tell you where trace has diverged.

This method is pretty valuable when you try to find why certain areas of the code have executed multiple times.