Quick tour of the VSCode Lightrun plugin¶
The majority of the work you do with Lightrun, such as troubleshooting, debugging, and performance testing, is performed directly from your integrated development environment (IDE) or the Lightrun CLI.
Using the Lightrun plugin, provided for a variety of popular IDEs (such as VSCode, IntelliJ, and PyCharm), you can insert Lightrun actions (Logs, Metrics, and Snapshots) anywhere within the source code of your running applications. Also, from within the Lightrun plugin for your IDE, you can view, in real time, the output of Lightrun actions.
And, thanks to Lightrun's comprehensive range of integrations with third-party logging tools, from the plugin, you also can route output from Lightrun Logs and Metrics to your usual logging framework (such as New Relic and DataDog).
Scope of the quick tour¶
This quick tour article provides an overview of the main features and functionalities of the Lightrun Plugin for Visual Studio Code (VSCode). For detailed information on procedures for running Lightrun actions and managing configurations within VSCode, see:
To follow this quick tour on your workstation, if not previously done:
- Authenticate it
- Attach at least one agent to your application
- Open the source code folder for your running the application in the IDE
The Lightrun sidebar layout¶
Upon clicking, in the VSCode activity bar, the Lightrun plugin icon , the Lightrun sidebar opens. Follow the on-screen instructions to authenticate the plugin.
After authenticating your Lightrun plugin, your VSCode IDE should appear similar to the following image.
There are three tabs in the Lightrun sidebar
Selecting any of the three tabs exposes additional menus and options, respectively for managing Agents and Tags, Lightrun actions, and Snapshot hits.
The Sources view tab exposes additional menus and options for managing your Lightrun agents, tags, and custom sources directly from your VSCode IDE.
There are two subtabs in the Sources tab.
The Agents subtab displays a list of live agents running alongside your applications. The Agents subtab appears similar to the following image:
Click the expand icon on an agent to display the actions assigned to the agent.
Click the add icon on an agent to add an action to the agent.
Click the menu icon to display the AGENT OPTIONS menu.
Select Pin to pin the agent to the top of the Agents subtab or select Details to view more information about the agent.
The following table summarizes the information displayed in the Agent details window.
|The agent's display name or host name if not specified
|The name of the machine where the agent is running
|The runtime environment of the application with which the agent is running
|A unique identifier, automatically generated for the agent
|The process ID (on the machine where the agent is running)
|The time at which the agent started running
|The version number of the server the agent is connected to
|The version number of the agent
|The configured routing method
|Next to Agent details, the names of tags that have been applied to the agent. If there are more than one tag, additional tags are displayed by clicking the icon.
The Tags subtab lists all available tags with their associated agents and actions. The Tags subtab appears similar to the following image.
Click the expand icon on a tag to reveal the agents and actions associated with that tag.
Click the add icon on a tag to add an action to the tag.
Click the menu icon to display the TAGS OPTIONS menu.
Select Pin to pin the tab to the top of the Tags subtab or select Delete to delete the tag.
Sources dynamic search filter¶
From the sources dynamic search field, you can search for Logs, Snapshots, and Metrics attached to specific agents or tags. As you begin typing, the list of relevant agents updates dynamically.
Sources dynamic search is particularly useful for finding specific dynamic Logs, when working with multiple agents and tags.
The Actions tab lists all Lightrun actions (Logs, Metrics, and Snapshots) currently attached to your code. This includes active actions, disabled actions, expired actions, and actions with errors.
Click the menu icon to access the ACTION OPTIONS menu.
- Click Edit to edit an action.
- Click Go to to navigate the VSCode code editor to the action file and code line.
- Click info to view more information about the action.
- Click Duplicate to create another copy of the action.
- Click Delete to delete the action.
Actions dynamic search filter¶
The Actions dynamic search filter allows you to search for Lightrun actions using their names, agent names, filename, or code line. You can also sort the action tab with the Filename and Creation time options, or filter with the All, Active, Expired, and Error statuses.
As you start typing, the search filter will update the action list dynamically.
Snapshot Hits tab¶
The Snapshot hits tab allows you to view and manage the snapshot hits captured in your system.
Use the dynamic search filter to filter snapshots base on their names, agent names, filename, or code line. You can also sort the snapshot hit tab with the Name, Start time, and Recently hit options, or load snapshot hits from an external file.
Click on a snapshot hit to view more information about the hit.
The snapshot hit data is divided into three sections.
|Snapshot hit details
|View more information about the snapshot.
|Snapshot hit variables
|View snapshot stacktrace variables.
|Snapshot hit call stack
|View snapshot stacktrace call stack (frames).
- Click Share button to share the snapshot's data.
- Click on a call stack to navigate to the hit's source code and line
The Lightrun Console lets you view and interact with data from dynamic logs and metrics directly from within your VSCode IDE.
Data from dynamic logs and metrics only appear in the Lightrun Console when you set their target configuration to Plugin.
The Lightrun Console appears similar to the following image.
- Enter an agent's name into the console’s search bar to display only data from logs and metrics associated with the agent alone.
- Click Clear logs to clear the entire console, and use the My Logs only toggle button to configure if you want to view actions created by you alone or actions created by other members of your team in the Lightrun Console.
- Right-click on a log, and click Go to to navigate to the log's source code and line.
Clicking the More Options icon at the top of the plugin, opens the PLUGIN OPTIONS menu.
From here you can:
- Open, within VSCode, the Lightrun plugin extension settings window.
- Open the Lightrun documentation web page
- Open the Lightrun user feedback web page
- Refresh the user interface
- Navigate to Lightrun management portal
- Sign out from the current user