Using the Play console
Launching the console
The Play console is a development console based on sbt that allows you to manage a Play application’s complete development cycle.
To launch the Play console, change to the directory of your project, and run Activator:
$ cd my-first-app $ activator
help command to get basic help about the available commands. You can also use this with a specific command to get information about that command:
[my-first-app] $ help run
Running the server in development mode
To run the current application in development mode, use the
[my-first-app] $ run
In this mode, the server will be launched with the auto-reload feature enabled, meaning that for each request Play will check your project and recompile required sources. If needed the application will restart automatically.
If there are any compilation errors you will see the result of the compilation directly in your browser:
To stop the server, type
Crtl+D key, and you will be returned to the Play console prompt.
In Play you can also compile your application without running the server. Just use the
[my-first-app] $ compile
Launch the interactive console
console to enter the interactive Scala console, which allows you to test your code interactively:
[my-first-app] $ console
To start application inside scala console (e.g to access database):
scala> new play.core.StaticApplication(new java.io.File("."))
You can ask Play to start a JPDA debug port when starting the console. You can then connect using Java debugger. Use the
activator -jvm-debug <port> command to do that:
$ activator -jvm-debug 9999
When a JPDA port is available, the JVM will log this line during boot:
Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 9999
Using sbt features
The Play console is just a normal sbt console, so you can use sbt features such as triggered execution.
For example, using
[my-first-app] $ ~ compile
The compilation will be triggered each time you change a source file.
If you are using
[my-first-app] $ ~ run
The triggered compilation will be enabled while a development server is running.
You can also do the same for
~ test, to continuously test your project each time you modify a source file:
[my-first-app] $ ~ test
Using the play commands directly
You can also run commands directly without entering the Play console. For example, enter
$ activator run [info] Loading project definition from /Users/jroper/tmp/my-first-app/project [info] Set current project to my-first-app (in build file:/Users/jroper/tmp/my-first-app/) --- (Running the application from SBT, auto-reloading is enabled) --- [info] play - Listening for HTTP on /0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:9000 (Server started, use Ctrl+D to stop and go back to the console...)
The application starts directly. When you quit the server using
Ctrl+D, you will come back to your OS prompt.
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