LN Webworks: Mastering PHP Debugging: A Guide to Xdebug in Lando & DDEV for Drupal

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Did you know that the first-ever computer bug wasn't a piece of software code, but an actual moth? Now, let's talk about something related but not quite as buggy – website development.

Debugging is like fixing problems in a website's code. It's important because it helps Drupal developers find and solve issues, making the website work better. To do this, you need the right tools. One handy tool for PHP (a programming language often used in web development) is XDebug.

In this article, we’ll share the steps and things you need to know to set up PHP debugging using XDebug. We'll focus on using Lando and DDEV setups for Drupal. And to make things even better, we'll be using the VS Code IDE (that stands for Integrated Development Environment). Let’s get started! 

A Close Look at XDebug

XDebug is a powerful debugger that makes it easier for PHP developers to create a smooth functioning website. Here are some core features of it: