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

The nine debugging rules that Agans lays out are applicable to any problem that you need to solve. It’s brilliantly laid out for someone new to the discipline, but even if you’re experienced it’s well worth a read for the clarity of the 9 elegant principles the author identifies, and for the many memorable “war stories” he describes from his own engineering career to illustrate them.

Apr 07, Tanvi rated it really liked it. I second that recommendation. Jan 03, Frank rated it it was amazing. Also, this book recommends that you learn your debugging tools well, so I learned and practiced using PyCharm’s debugger well, which has made a huge difference when I’m debugging Python code.


Make it fail 3. Dave Agans Goodreads Author. It does a great job of collecting and organizing the principles of skillfully tracking down issues. They’re aphorisms and rules of thumb.

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

As a manager, I’ve started to realize that some of these principles apply to people problems as well. I really enjoyed this book. Quit thinking and look 4.

Return to Book Page. Written in a frank but engaging style, Debugging provides simple, foolproof principles guaranteed to help find any bug quickly.

I wish that I could make this book required reading for everyone I deal with. Easy Exercises for the Reader. Dec 27, Liam rated it it was amazing. Keep an Audit Trail. The title probably does the book a disservice, because it’s really a broadly useful troubleshooting guide, although the title wouldn’t necessarily indicate that.

Jul 16, David Robins rated it really liked it. A solid book on general timeless debugging principles. Written in a frank but engaging Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Written eavid a frank but engaging style, Debuggingprovides simple, foolproof principles guaranteed to help find any bug quickly.

Sep 08, Andreea Lucau rated it it was ok.

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

Paperbackpages. It’s also very well-written and often funny.

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.


A must read for every software engineer: I actually like that the book talks broadly about technical concerns rather than being dogmatic about a specific approach, but the set-up is problematic because it invites blind adherence when a thoughtful application is more appropriate.

Worse, there’s a strong tendency for people to take such pat one-liners out of context, and the author invites that by promoting the rules themselves rather than the ideas.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Divide and conquer 5. It changes the way readers think about debugging, making those pesky problems suddenly much easier to find and fix. I borrowed it from a friend who says he recommends it to every davie person he works with. He currently runs PointSource, a computer systems consultancy. Change one thing at a time 6. Jun 26, David rated it liked it.

I cavid this book to all engineers, both the students and the ones in the industry.

This is a very important, short, accessible and fun book. Peter Jones rated it really liked it May 30, Steve rated it it was amazing Nov 30,