Debugging 101

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Welcome back for my second post about debugging! In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the basic capabilities of the debugger in Visual Studio 2015, and add a few tips and tricks to take your debugging skills to the next level. We will not delve into the more advanced topics yet though, like debugging multi-threaded applications for example: those topics are being reserved for later posts (either by Maarten or myself) because they are too large to handle all at once.

Now, before you think to skip this post because you’ve been programming for some years, I do suggest to glance over this post: you might see something you didn’t know, or didn’t see the benefit of that debugger feature. If you already knew everything I’ve written in this post, then you are awesome! And should you know a neat trick which I didn’t cover, then don’t hesitate to leave a comment 🙂

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The History of Debugging: Part 1

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Disclaimer: there might never be a Part 2.

Together with Maarten (who already has written some content concerning debugging and monitoring software), we’re going to write some posts about the concept of debugging code. And to introduce the topic, why not start with a little bit of (mostly personal) history on the matter?

ENIAC

It’s hard to imagine nowadays, but writing software wasn’t always literally writing: on the ENIAC i.e., the programmers had to make physical connections between the different components, replacing burnt out vacuum tubes as they progressed. They did actually write the program on paper first though, and did their very best to run through it step by step before starting to program the actual computer. And even then, they went through the program again: even the ENIAC already supported step-through debugging!

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