Troubleshoot agents by displaying LotusScript variables online

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The ability to view LotusScript agent variables in real time on the Web can help Lotus Notes/Domino developers troubleshoot triggered agents.

First, you'll want to show the variables and execution details with this LotusScript command:

Call varshow(variableName)

This line will run a subroutine called "varshow":

Sub varshow(fieldval As String)
Print |<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">|
Print |alert('| & fieldval & |');|
Print |</SCRIPT>| 
End Sub

Note: The LotusScript print command creates a single line of HTML. These code lines create an HTML page that includes one JavaScript pop-up 'alert.' The final result is very similar to the msgbox("...").

Finally, use this subroutine to display the status:

if backenddoc is Nothing then
varshow("Doc was not found")
End if

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This was first published in July 2009

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