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

Keep an audit trail 7. Useful and applicable methods for debugging.

A solid book on general timeless debugging principles. Sep 13, Dmitri rated it it was amazing.

This is a great book on how to debug systems — not like how to use a debugger, but how to think. Agans provides nine simple rules to follow, and some amusing stories to back them up.

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William Laney rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Apr 07, Tanvi rated it really liked it. They’re aphorisms and rules of thumb. Thallia rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Note that the book is not technical.

The writing and the rules themselves are a bit muddled, and that can really lead readers down a wrong path. It changes the way readers think about debugging, making those pesky problems suddenly much easier to find and fix. I recommend this book to all engineers, both the students daavid the ones in the industry.


This is a great resource. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Victor Grigoriu aganz it it was amazing Jun 13, Pretty decent, has some interesting examples; but also much like, say, Code Complete common sense. To ask other readers questions about Debuggingplease sign up. 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.

Mar 21, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best example is the rule “quit thinking and look”, which could be much more accurately and not less succinctly called “stop guessing and gather data”. And just like everyday aphorisms like “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”dacid of the principles in this book like “check the plug”: I wish that I could make this book required reading for everyone I deal with.

As I read this book I noticed I seemed to almost magically be debugging more effectively. There’s also a chapter providing an alternative “view from the help desk” which I’ve found very useful. Aug 24, Bart rated it it was amazing.


The author goes through each rule step-by-step and present “war stories” to demonstrate the rules in action. Ismael rated it it was amazing Nov 10, I really enjoyed this book.

Get a fresh view 9. 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”. Refresh and try again. Just a daavid while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No better book that breaks down the concept. Very light and lots and lots of war stories but aimed to be amusing and was at least somewhat amusing debugving fairly short.

Jul 21, Matthias Ferber rated it it was amazing. Still, it’s nice to have sgans principles laid out. The book is well-organized entertaining and easy to read. 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. 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.

Ann rated it it was ok Aug 19,

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