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Debugging by thinking

Robert C. Metzger

Debugging by thinking

a multidisciplinary approach

by Robert C. Metzger

  • 177 Want to read
  • 39 Currently reading

Published by Digital Press in Boston .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Debugging in computer science.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 525-546) and index.

    StatementRobert Charles Metzger.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsQA76.9.D43 M48 2004, QA76.9.D43 M48 2004
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxxv, 567 p. ;
    Number of Pages567
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL18208093M
    ISBN 101555583075
    LC Control Number2003055655

    Did anything change? Debugging ranges in complexity from fixing simple errors to performing lengthy and tiresome tasks of data collection, analysis, and scheduling updates. It'll Debug Anything This book is general; it's not about specific problems, specific tools, specific programming languages, or specific machines. Now trashing program disk.

    August 12, Critical thinking and problem solving. But if you don't know anything about computer hardware and software, you won't be able to follow many of the examples. This is exactly right. The final chapter Users Are People, Too shows how to apply all previous principles and techniques at the customer communication level.

    This short review does not cover every detail of this book. However, most of his examples come from embedded computer systems. Chapter one The Myth of the Genius Programmer focuses on software development as a team sport discipline. Many sports teams know the fundamentals, but fail to consistently apply them - and fail because of it.


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Debugging by thinking book

The easy way and the artistic way do not find problems quickly. When we look back through the code we discover the application is indeed doing what we asked of it, however we just asked for the wrong thing by mistake. These techniques don't care how the problem got in there; they just tell you how to find it.

Software engineers debug; car mechanics troubleshoot. In the final few chapters, I've included a set of war stories to exercise your understanding, a section on using the rules under the trying circumstances of the help desk, and a few last hints for putting what you've learned to work in your job.

It compares bad managers versus servant leaders and shows the impact both types make on the team and organization growth. You'll see a red dot to the left of the line when a breakpoint is active. Maybe talking about the issue will trigger something new to try, or your buddy will catch something you missed.

The words "anomaly" and "discrepancy" can be used, as being more neutral termsto avoid the words "error" and "defect" or "bug" where there might be an implication that all so-called errors, defects or bugs must be fixed at all costs. The end of the chapter about a given rule summarizes the sub-rules for that one rule, but it'd sure be easier to have them all in one place.

Four Books on Debugging

Such simplification can be made manually, using a divide-and-conquer approach. If you make a change down the line that you wish to "undo", you can simply go back to the previous version. Even if you're a very good debugger already, these rules will help you become even better.

You may not be all or any of those, so you may not understand some of the things I mention. Troubleshooting books, on the other hand, work only on a broken part. Now, open any of the files and add break points to the places in code which you want to monitor during debug.

Useful for remote debugging and debugging intermittent, non-determinstic, and other hard-to-reproduce defects. But if you don't know anything about computer hardware and software, you won't be able to follow many of the examples.

Debuggers are software tools which enable the programmer to monitor the execution of a program, stop it, restart it, set breakpointsand change values in memory. Troubleshooting usually means figuring out what's broken in a particular copy of a product when the product's design is known to be good—there's a deleted file, a broken wire, or a bad part.

Vendors often crow about what their tools can do, but rarely explain their weaknesses or how to apply them in a broader context. One bit of advice, though: Leave the leotard and cape at home. It also introduces three principles of social skills: Humility, Respect, and Trust.

Debugging by Thinking: A Multidisciplinary Approach

This systematic method seems tedious, but you often save time in the long run. Eliminate half the system as a bug-harboring candidate. See also: Debugger Debugging on video game consoles is usually done with special hardware such as this Xbox debug unit intended for developers.

They give a troubleshooter the experience of many others, and they help in finding known problems faster. Logic Errors These types of errors are generally far more difficult to find and solve. Keep an audit trail: Write down what you did in what order and what happened as a result, understand that any detail could be the important one, correlate events, understand that audit trails for design are also good for testing, and write it down!

Thus, they are better at locating likely errors in code that is syntactically correct. Many war stories were about obsolete technology, but since the principle is the point, that isn't a problem. Novices need to learn the fundamentals, and pros need occasional reminders of them; this book is a good way to learn or be reminded of them.

It explains that team culture is "a set of shared experiences, values and goals that are unique to every engineering team.I just finished reading David Agans' wonderful book, "Debugging".

I've worked in the software development field for many years and I wish I had this book when I started out.

Debugging Teams

I really like his approach to debugging because it is practical and methodical. In a nutshell, David suggests that you should trust no one, "stop thinking and look"/5(55). chapter 5 Quit Thinking and Look “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.

Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to - Selection from Debugging [Book]. Beginning tips for Debugging¶ Debugging a program is a different way of thinking than writing a program.

The process of debugging is much more like being a detective. Here are a few rules to get you thinking about debugging. Everyone is a suspect (Except Python)! Sep 06,  · The official title of this book is quite a mouthful: Debugging: The 9 Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems, by David J.

Agans. Agans distills debugging techniques down to nine essential rules and includes engineering war. “I don’t think reading a book is ever again going to be quite the same experience.” – audience member after seeing the trick. Computational Thinking: Magical Book Magic is a booklet that teaches you a simple magical property of books to use as a magic trick, to explain what computational thinking is all about.

The focus is on the. Mar 11,  · Debugging Methods Print/Trace Debugging - watching the flow of execution after adding print statements to the original code Remote Debugging - connect to a remote system with a debugger, monitor the execution and state Post Mortem Debugging - analysis of a memory dump from a program that has crashed Profiling - not debugging per se, but a.