Plack::Middleware::Debug and Catalyst


There are a few useful plack middleware's that can help with day to day development of your catalyst application. In this article I'll be giving a quick example of how to set them up and a quick run down of the use. Nothing exciting, but it's useful stuff.


The Code

Plack::Middleware::Debug contains a collection of debug panels, even one for showing the contents of the Catalyst Log.

We can enable the middleware in the catalyst app, rather than in the psgi. That way we can do some tricks to only enable it for debug mode, or when running on certain hosts etc.

    package MyApp;
    use Moose;

    use Catalyst;

        'psgi_middleware', [
            'Debug' => {panels => [


This will give us a panel on any page with a </body> tag and a content type of text/html the above panels, which can be used to see how much memory was used, how long a page request took, what was written to the catalyst log (not including the request log) and what is in the stash.

It's only simple, but it all helps.

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