Logging in Pine Script

I'm building quite a lot of pretty complicated indicators/strategies in Pine Script. Quite often they don't work from the 1 try so I have to debug them heavily.
In Pine Script there are no fancy debuggers so you have to be creative. You can plot values on your screens, check them in the data window, etc.
If you want to display some textual information, you can plot some info as labels on the screen.
It's not the most convenient way, so with the appearance of tables in Pine Script, I decided to implement a custom logger that will allow me to track some useful information about my indicator over time.
Tables work much better for this kind of thing than labels. They're attached to your screen, you can nicely scale them and you can style them much better.

The idea behind it is very simple. I used few arrays to store the message, bar number, timestamp, and type of the message (you can color messages depend on the type for example).
There is a function log_msg that just append new messages to these arrays.
In the end, for the last bar, I create the table and display the last X messages in it.

In parameters, you can show/hide the entire journal, change the number of messages displayed and choose an offset. With offset, you can basically scroll through the history of messages.

Currently, I implemented 3 types of messages, and I color messages according to these types:
  • Message - gray
  • Warning - yellow
  • Error - red

Of course, it's a pretty simple example, you can create a much fancier way of styling your logs.
What do you think about it? Is it useful for you? What do you use to debug code in Pine Script?

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