Debugging has ratings and 22 reviews. David said: As I’ve said about other software engineering books (and my review for David J. Agans (Writing as). David A. Wheeler’s Review of Debugging by David J. Agans. March 2, It’s not often you find a classic, but I think I’ve found a new classic for software and. 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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David A. Wheeler’s Review of “Debugging” by David J. Agans

I wish that I could make this book required reading This book is probably the most useful book I could recommend xebugging anyone in the IT industry. Illustrating the rules with real-life bug-detection war stories, the book shows readers how to: Divide and conquer 5.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Understand the system 2. I wish that I could make this book required reading for everyone I deal with. I guess we can forgive priority-two bugs davif bunions and male pattern baldness. Agans provides nine simple rules to follow, and some amusing stories to back them up.

Return to Book Page. As a programming student this book helped me view debugging as a process, rather than a “holy shit it finally works” moment. The rules are clear, make sense, but they were introduced by A LOT of war stories, most of them related to how you debug hardware problem.


Written in a frank but engaging Mar 21, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: The writing and the rules themselves are a bit muddled, and that can really lead readers down a wrong path. Open Preview See a Problem? Sep 08, Andreea Lucau rated it it was ok.

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. For years my only recommendation to someone interested in the heuristics of problem solving was George Debuggijg “How To Solve It”, but now I can cheerfully add Agan’s “Debugging”.

Debugging Rules! – Find out what’s wrong with anything, fast.

Easy Exercises for the Reader. Check the plug 8. Pretty entertaining and able to provide insight. Keep an Audit Trail. Refresh and try again. There’s also a chapter providing an alternative “vi This is a very important, short, accessible and fun book.

The View from the Help Desk. If you’re a programmer: And just like everyday aphorisms like “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”most of the principles in this book like “check the plug”: Want to Read saving….

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

Jul 21, Debugging Martinka rated it it was amazing. William Laney rated it it was amazing Jan 26, As a result, the best way to view this book is a collection of things to think about when debugging, rather than a rigorous methodology or procedure.

May 15, Wangyiran rated it really liked it.

He currently runs PointSource, a computer systems consultancy. It is your fundamental guide to start from “first principles”. This is a great book on how to debug systems debuhging not like how to use a debugger, but how to think.


Get a Fresh View. Be debuggingg that the examples are predominantly hardware or mechanical, but it makes little difference. It’s a quick and fun read. The title probably does the book a davie, because it’s really a broadly useful troubleshooting guide, although the title wouldn’t necessarily indicate that.

If you like books and love to build sebugging products, we may be looking for you. Agans No preview available qgans To ask other readers questions about Debuggingplease sign up. Get a fresh view 9. That’s actually the opposite of what inexperienced engineers need to learn about debugging. A must read for every software engineer: I was quite pleasantly surprised the author managed to reduce the skill to nine short rules particularly when it sometimes can be a process that is difficult to explain.

I recently did a talk about debugging and there was a lot of overlap. Account Options Sign in. Mitochondrion rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Agans is a recognized expert called in to help with tough debugging problems. Other editions – View all Debugging: I get what the author wants to say, but telling people to “quit thinking” isn’t what he means.

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