Debugging
The 9 Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems
By David J. Agans
Publisher: AMACOM
Final Release Date: September 2002
Pages: 192

The rules of battle for tracking down -- and eliminating -- hardware and software bugs.

When the pressure is on to root out an elusive software or hardware glitch, what's needed is a cool head courtesy of a set of rules guaranteed to work on any system, in any circumstance. Written in a frank but engaging style, Debugging provides simple, foolproof principles guaranteed to help find any bug quickly. This book makes those shelves of application-specific debugging books (on C++, Perl, Java, etc.) obsolete. It changes the way readers think about debugging, making those pesky problems suddenly much easier to find and fix.

Illustrating the rules with real-life bug-detection war stories, the book shows readers how to:

* Understand the system: how perceiving the ""roadmap"" can hasten your journey

* Quit thinking and look: when hands-on investigation can't be avoided

* Isolate critical factors: why changing one element at a time can be an essential tool

* Keep an audit trail: how keeping a record of the debugging process can win the day

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Excellent book

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    Comments about oreilly Debugging:

    Gives a set of easy, general debugging rules that actually work in any situation, presented with real life cases that show each principle being used.
    Sound advice for all kinds of debugging.

     
    5.0

    A wonderful overview of debugging

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    from Raleigh, NC

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      I have been both a hardware and software engineer for many years and this book hit the nail on the head. It explains in detail how one should think about the entire debugging or troubleshooting process. This is a must read for both professionals and novices alike.

       
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      Great

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        Comments about oreilly Debugging:

        Hits squarely the basic truths all technicians know but get "too experienced" to apply. Should be periodic required reading for technicians and engineers everywhere.Wouldn't hurt some managers as well or any body faced with fixing anything.

         
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        Buy now, read, apply, sleep victoriously

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          Comments about oreilly Debugging:

          Even experts in the field can benefit from this focused and concise guide to ridding systems (both hardware and software) of bugs. Strongly recommended. Get a copy to hand to people who say "no, I think we should change both..." to educate them.

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