I started writing some Selenium test with Protractor and ran into some debugging issue. I am a C# guy and using VS2013 for development. I did some research and found out this. I have little experience of using WebStorm and also used/using Intellij from JetBrains. Since protractor and nodejs both are fairly new to me I am not sure which IDE is best to start off with. I prefer something related to VS2013 since I am well versed on that but open to others as well. Please advise.

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WebStorm is definitely the best choice for angularjs/protractor development.

You would need to let WebStorm know which libraries you are using by configuring libraries, see:

Here is what libraries I have installed during an active protractor e2e test development:

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You would also need to have a separate run configuration for debugging your tests:

There is also an extended version of elementexplorer.js available as a WebStorm plugin:

  • I appreciate it sir. Will definitely check this out after work. Setting protractor up is little bit tricky
    – Saifur
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:26
  • alexce, do you have experience with protractor recorders for creating E2E scripts from user input? I've found a few open source and couple commercial tools, but can't find any reviews, comparisons, any articles outlining pros, cons, etc Jul 24, 2017 at 22:46
  • @DaveAlperovich unfortunately, I don't recall and have not used any of such tools. I think I've only used "elementor" browser extension couple times, but it is of course far from being a recorder..which tools have you found? Thanks.
    – alecxe
    Jul 25, 2017 at 3:02

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