In CakePHP’s github account you can find a plugin called “DebugKit”, written by Mark Story. It provides some useful information while developing an application, and adds the following toolbar to your application:
If you hover the mouse over one of the titles, it shows you the respective information, e.g. the content of the session. Pretty simple.
All you have to do is to place DebugKit in the plugins folder of your application and to add the following to your AppController (resp. the controller(s) where you want to use it):
public $components = array('DebugKit.toolbar');
You can get DebugKit either via Git with
git clone git://github.com/cakephp/debug_kit.git
PS: Some days ago Garrett Woodworth (aka gwoo) talked about CakePHP and Beyond at the CakePHP conference in Tokyo. It’s not a very technical talk, but maybe it is still of interest for some of you. [via CakePHP Google Group]