Diving into the source frames

Javascript Editor

The javascript editor in devtools parlance is refereed to as a Source Frame. There are two source frames in devtools, the javascript editor and css editor.

The javascript editor not surprisingly has a custom logic for communicating with the console and handling breakpoints.

The main source frame, is more concerned with showing content, searching, jumping to lines.

The editor is in many ways a glorified wrapper in that a lot of the actual work is handled by the text editor (codemirror). For example, when the editor wants to jump to a nother search result it tells the editor to highlight the result.

jumpToSearchResult: function(index) {
    this._currentSearchResultIndex = (index + this._searchResults.length) % this._searchResults.length;

    var result = this._searchResults[this._currentSearchResultIndex]
    this._textEditor.highlightSearchResults(this._searchRegex, result);


All of the shortcuts are defined in an object WebInspector.ShortcutsScreen.SourcesPanelShortcuts. Here's a dump of them for fun:

  • SelectNextOccurrence
  • SoftUndo
  • GotoMatchingBracket
  • ToggleAutocompletion
  • IncreaseCSSUnitByOne
  • DecreaseCSSUnitByOne
  • IncreaseCSSUnitByTen
  • DecreaseCSSUnitByTen
  • EvaluateSelectionInConsole
  • AddSelectionToWatch
  • GoToMember
  • GoToLine
  • ToggleBreakpoint
  • NextCallFrame
  • PrevCallFrame
  • ToggleComment
  • JumpToPreviousLocation
  • JumpToNextLocation
  • CloseEditorTab
  • Save
  • SaveAll

How do the function links work?

The function link in the object popover is a little know trick for jumping to a function definition.

Not surprisingly, the link is setup inside the ObjectHelper

When you hover over a function showObjectPopover is called. That then kicks off a _queryObject fetch. Then, if the result is a function, the result is re-fetched for its properties result.getOwnProperties and shown didGetFunctionProperties.

The formatting for the popover is done in didGetFunctionDetails

function didGetFunctionDetails(popoverContentElement, anchorElement, response) {
    var container = createElementWithClass("div", "object-popover-container");

    var title = container.createChild("div", "function-popover-title source-code");
    var functionName = title.createChild("span", "function-name").textContent = response.functionName;

    var link = this._lazyLinkifier().linkifyRawLocation(response.location, response.sourceURL, "function-location-link");

    popover.showForAnchor(container, anchorElement);

I think it's pretty cool that the popover is shown with showForAnchor w/ the anchor element being passed in.


The ObjectHelper sets up a basic Linkifier for jumping to function definitions.

WebInspector.Linkifier = function(formatter) {
    this._formatter = formatter || new WebInspector.Linkifier.DefaultFormatter(WebInspector.Linkifier.MaxLengthForDisplayedURLs);
    this._liveLocationsByTarget = new Map();

When building a link, it uses the standard Linkifier instance method linkifyRawLocation.

linkifyRawLocation: function(rawLocation, fallbackUrl, classes) {
    return this.linkifyScriptLocation(
      classes // these will be the <a> classses

linkifyScriptLocation: function(target, scriptId, sourceURL, lineNumber, columnNumber, classes) {
    var fallbackAnchor = WebInspector.linkifyResourceAsNode(sourceURL, lineNumber, classes);
    var rawLocation = scriptId ?
      target.debuggerModel.createRawLocationByScriptId(scriptId, lineNumber, columnNumber || 0) :
      target.debuggerModel.createRawLocationByURL(sourceURL, lineNumber, columnNumber || 0);

    var anchor = this._createAnchor(classes);
    var liveLocation = WebInspector.debuggerWorkspaceBinding.createLiveLocation(
      rawLocation, this._updateAnchor.bind(this, anchor));

    this._liveLocationsByTarget.get(rawLocation.target()).set(anchor, liveLocation);

    anchor[WebInspector.Linkifier._fallbackAnchorSymbol] = fallbackAnchor;
    return anchor;

19 Mar 2015