Remove all console.log() in one go!

Keep your code clean

No matter how senior you are, you are definitely going to use the evergreen console.log() to debug your JavaScript or typescript project. There is no problem in doing so (some JavaScript veterans might disagree), but the problem arises when you forget removing them and push your code for:

  1. Code review (by raising a pull request)

Believe me, finding a console.log() in production ready code is a sin and if you are using console.log() to debug and you forget to remove it, its like littering all over the code-base.

Image result for littering
Image result for littering
Do not litter.

Therefore, if you are using VS Code for development or any other IDE which supports searching via Regular Expressions (regex) then use this technique to remove all the console.log() in one go.

In VS Code:

  1. Open the global search and replace by pressing Ctrl+Shift+H (in Windows) or Cmd+Shift+H (in Mac).
Use regular expression
Click on Replace All

Make a habit to:

  1. Lint your code before you commit

This will help you to keep the code clean and also ask your fellow friends/colleagues not to litter!

Turbo Console Log

Turbo Console Log

Turbo Console Log is a VS code extension which comes handy while developing and debugging. You appreciate the sheer power of this extension when you are deep into debugging a particular function flow and you are repeatedly adding and removing console.log() as breakpoints.

Adding meaningful log messages:

  • Selecting the variable which is the subject of the debugging

Not only this you can do some magical stuff with the console.log() messages inserted by the extension (not the ones you did manually) like:

  1. Alt + Shift + C : Comment all log messages, inserted by the extension, from the current document

If you find this helpful, do share this with your colleagues and dev-friends.

P.S Originally posted on my blog!

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