Debugging Rules! This site contains resources to help you debug stuff — mostly software and electronic Dave Agans’ long-awaited novel is now available!. David said: As I’ve said about other software engineering books (and my The nine debugging rules that Agans lays out are applicable to any problem that you . Debugging—The Nine Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software elusive software and hardware problems / David J. Agans. p. cm.

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Useful and applicable methods for debugging.

The writing and the rules themselves are a bit muddled, and that can really lead readers down a wrong path. It’s also very well-written and often funny. I second that recommendation.

In my favorite war story, an intermittent video-processing deebugging was eventually traced to the plaid flannel shirt the author happened to be wearing on the days the bug occurred. Dec 09, Bob rated it really liked it.

Debugging : The 9 Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Bugs

Pretty entertaining and able to provide insight. Peter Jones rated it really liked it May 30, Written in a frank but engaging style, Debuggingprovides simple, foolproof principles guaranteed to help find any bug quickly. The examples were a bit dated and it helps to understand solid state electronics but the principles are sound. This is a great book on how to debug systems — not like how to use a debugger, but how to think.

I recommend this book to all engineers, both the students and the ones in the industry. Divide and conquer 5. I recently did a talk about debugging and there was a lot of overlap. Thallia rated it it was amazing Jun 28, I really enjoyed this book. Certainly a valuable addition to any debugger’s bookcase.


The author goes through each rule step-by-step and present “war stories” to demonstrate the rules in action. It changes debugging way readers think about debugging, making those pesky problems suddenly much easier to find and fix. I’ve read the book before, and decided to revisit it, as I probably will every now and again. Victor Grigoriu rated it it was amazing Jun 13, It’s short and fun because it has to be — if you’re an engineer, you’re too busy debugging to read anything more than the daily comics.

I wish that I could make this book required reading This book is probably the most useful book I could recommend for anyone in the IT industry. No trivia or quizzes yet. It took God one day to design, prototype, and release that product; talk febugging schedule pressure!

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Preview — Debugging by David J. It’s based on the 9 rules which form a basis for every debugging process: Change one thing at a time 6. Ismael rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Steve rated it it was amazing Nov 30, I borrowed it from a friend who says he recommends it to every technical person he works with.

As I’ve said about other software engineering books and my review for “Debug It! Jan 23, John rated it really liked it.


William Laney rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Be ware that the examples are predominantly hardware or mechanical, but it makes little difference. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you’re a programmer: Make it fail 3. That’s actually the opposite of what inexperienced engineers need to learn about debugging. But describing how to debug a problem as a set of meta-rules is a hard problem and they do a pretty good job here.

His nine common sense rules for successful computer program code and hardware troubleshooting and debugging are applicable to all fields of technical endeavor. For years my only recommendation to someone interested in the heuristics of problem solving was George Polya’s “How To Solve It”, but now I can cheerfully add Agan’s “Debugging”.

Quit thinking and look 4. Mar 21, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interesting to read a methodology around debugging.

Want to Read saving…. Very light and lots and lots of war stories but aimed to be amusing and was at least somewhat amusing and fairly short. The book is well-organized entertaining and easy to read. There’s also a chapter providing an alternative “view from the help desk” which I’ve found very useful.

I had some issues following all the explanation there. Roxana rated it really liked it Oct 23,

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