debugging the current file in vs code



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When I have very modularized applications and want to be able to debug a single file, it’s useful to be able to switch from a workspace context to debug just that file.

This is a one line change in the launch.json of VS Code.

Where a configuration may have been:

  // Use IntelliSense to learn about possible attributes.
  // Hover to view descriptions of existing attributes.
  // For more information, visit:
  "version": "0.2.0",
  "configurations": [
      "type": "node",
      "request": "launch",
      "name": "Launch Program",
      "skipFiles": ["<node_internals>/**"],
-     "program": "${workspaceFolder}/start",+     "program": "${file}",      "outFiles": ["${workspaceFolder}/**/*.js"]

Now, to invoke the Debugger, navigate to the Run explorer (⇧ + ⌘ + D) and select “Launch Program” (or press fn5).

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