Debugging is the process of examining the state of a program - generally with a debugging tool - while it is running and attempting to find bugs that cause it to behave abnormally.

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Declaring variables in Python and PHP

The question is how to cope with absence of variable declaration in Python, PHP, and the like. In most languages there is a way to let the compiler know whether I introduce a new variable or refer to ...
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How do I fix an “emergent” bug?

I'm writing a PDE solver, and I have a bug that only shows up in very large test cases. That is, with small grids the program gives correct answers, but there's a large amount of unaccounted-for error ...
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Does anyone still use logic analyzers for debugging real time systems?

Many years ago when debugging real time systems (such as the ones used in telephone switches) we had to use logic analyzers (which read execution straight from the CPU) or emulators (which physically ...
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Methodology To Determine Cause Of User Specific Error

We have software that for certain clients fails to download a file. The software is developed in Python and compiled into an Windows Executable. The cause of the error is still unknown but we have ...
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Why do browsers these days ship with dev tools [closed]

I just read a question asking how Facebook blocks console-based script attacks. The reason for this block was to prevent a recently famous "hack" where one would trick a user to inject a malicious ...
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Learning to investigate bugs [closed]

I'm not even sure how to define this difficulty. It reminds me of the test a couple of prospective employees did on me before I got a job. They would pick an object in the room and then I'd be allowed ...
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How to locate source code that implemented a certain feature?

I was wondering what are some techniques to locate which code implemented a specific feature, on a desktop application. I am a junior developer, with only professional programming experience lying ...
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Is debugging a waste of time? [duplicate]

I work on a lot of projects for fun, so I have the freedom to choose when I want to finish the project and am not constrained by deadlines. Therefore, if I wanted to, I could follow this philosophy: ...
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debugging web applications using debug parameter

A suggestion has been made by a team member to leave all debug code intact in our web pages... and then to create a variable that can be turned on / off to enable / disable debugging. This is a ...
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Should unit-tests be entirely self-contained? [duplicate]

As the title suggests my question is whether or not unit-tests should be entirely self-contained or can one rely on the results yielded by previous tests? What I mean, in case that it isn't entirely ...
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How to manage stress from ongoing difficult maintenance? [duplicate]

I recently signed on to a contract where I am supporting an aging legacy system. The system is a collage of .net and VBScript components. Part of it operates as a web application; part of it ...
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When should a database table use timestamps?

First a note, I thought maybe this question belonged in the database exchange, but I think it is more broadly related to a programming solution as a whole than to databases. Will move to database ...
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Is printing to console/stdout a good debugging strategy?

Let's say we have a function like this: public void myStart() { for (int i = 0; i<10; i++) myFunction(i); } private int myFunction(int a) { a = foo(a); a = bar(a); return a; } ...
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Debugging checklists: How much it's necessary to have? [closed]

Should making debug-checklists be an essential part of development process? How it can be integrated with unit-tests? Update Debugging checklist: Think about it as your troubleshooting checklist -- ...
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How should one debug a PHP web application securely without exposing secrets to competitors?

Recently I made a program. I forget to delete 2 line of codes. That mistake cost me $800 per day every day. I was programming with PHP. If a visitor uses proxy it redirect somewhere else. Using ...
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How to trace logical errors in algorithms [closed]

I am beginner in algorithms. Last year I participated in Google Code Jam. One of the major issues I faced during the competition was my code was working fine on my test cases, but when I submitted on ...
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How do you build debugging messages into your programs/scripts?

General, high-level question for people who work with code regularly. I was repurposing some old, outdated Javascript code into a Chrome extension, and to help me understand it, I wrote some quick ...
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API for expanation of complicated calculation or business rules?

In online shops there are areas with complicated rules. For example is a product visible in the product catalog is a product sold out what is the price for the product (Discounts, Promotions, ...) ...
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Verbose or concise logging [duplicate]

I was wondering how much data should be logged. I know this deeply depends on multiple factors. But it can still be hard to find the golden middle way. Lets say I have an application where people ...
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How do you avoid looping mistakes? Mistakes that are not detected by systems [closed]

I had this crazy initialisation -- documentList = new ArrayList<Map<String,Integer>>(); which I intended to store a new map everytime in a loop but unfortunately put itself inside the ...
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What are the signs that a ten days debugging session will not resolve an issue? [closed]

Ten days ago, we fixed a bug on a large application and the hot fix has created a disappearing of some data from the user point of view (side effect). Data are not deleted, but have been set to hidden ...
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Is it realistic to use designers for complex UI [closed]

When I created my first web application few years ago, I remember trying to use the designer in VS 2008. Before I can even remember I abandoned it to the favor of actual debug to understand how my UI ...
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Is it reasonable to insist on reproducing every defect before diagnosing and fixing it?

I work for a software product company. We have large enterprise customers who implement our product and we provide support to them. For example, if there is a defect, we provide patches, etc. In other ...
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PHP developer, how to solve javascript related issues in a program with millions of line [closed]

I am expert in PHP. There are some JavaScript related bugs in my assignment given by my supervisor. I tried to fix them using Firebug. It is time consuming. Is there any other ways? Are there any ...
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When is it okay to log filename/line information for errors?

We have a closed-source commercial C++ application. Some of our logged error messages are in plain English like "ERROR: could not read file 'foo'". While others use a macro to print filename/line ...
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What techniques are there for debugging remote client side errors?

What techniques are there for debugging remote client side errors in a web application, especially when they only affect a small subset of users? In my case we have an app that is working well for ...
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Best way to quickly explore/grok open source C/C++ projects? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suggested workflow for quickly being able to download various c/c++ open source projects and then begin intelligently navigate sources. "Intelligently" means being able to jump ...
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Is there a tool that visually represents all the potential paths to a particular piece of code? [closed]

As an example of what I need and why I want it, I am trying to determine how a certain value (CurTotal) is getting set (wrongly). I've come up with these notes to myself to try to understand just what ...
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How do I go about debugging a PHP error?

I am coming from .NET to PHP. I am playing around with a long file written by someone else (called "cryptographp.inc.php"). It builds and returns an image to the browser. I want to show the image ...
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Naming: objectAction or actionObject?

The question, Stored procedure Naming conventions?, and Joel's excellent Making Wrong Code Look Wrong article come closest to addressing my question, but I'm looking for a more general set of criteria ...
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Writing Large Portions Of Code Then Debugging?

Lately I have been writing a game engine, and I have been writing a lot of "foundation stuff" (standard interfaces, modules, a message system ect.), but I have noticed a pattern, a lot of the stuff is ...
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Building Websites: Fast Debugging Without a Browser

Is there a methodology to debug websites without a browser? Normally I use a web browser to view a results page. The slow debugging process confuses me a little. To correct an error I need to switch ...
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Dollar Sign Blues: Javascript and PHP

I grew up programming C++ and Java where everything was safe and beautiful. Compilers made sure to keep me in check if I ever strayed. Of course, everyone did a little Perl in college, but I didn't ...
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Is there any way to get faster at solving bugs? I've just had a warning from my boss

I've just been told by my boss that I will receive a negative performance review on Monday. He wants to talk to me about why I am so slow and why my bug fix rate is so low. I love programming and ...
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How did they debug segmentation faults before protected memory?

Now, when I make a programming mistake with pointers in C, I get a nice segmentation fault, my program crashes and the debugger can even tell me where it went wrong. How did they do that in the time ...
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Is reverse debugging possible? [duplicate]

I know there are some products for reverse debugging. I am wondering that does reverse debugging mean going to one step back or starting over again up to one step back? I've found an explanation ...
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How useful is “rubber duck debugging”? [duplicate]

I just learned about rubber duck debugging, where the programmer explains code, line by line, to a rubber duck or other inanimate object in order to find the problem. This approach sounds ...
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Self Debuggable systems

For example, in case of GDB it is possible to debug itself by itself. I have not been able to find any JVM that can debug itself or even allows debugging on source level. I was just wondering if ...
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How do IDE-s provide auto-completion, instant error checking and debugging? [closed]

Say you have a language compiler you would like to build an IDE for. How is auto completion, instant error reporting while writing code and debuggers commonly implemented?
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Modern analog of DDD (Data Display Debugger)

I if there are visual applications for debugging code in popular languages (like C, Pytho, Javascript). By visual I do not mean debugger with UI which is bundled with almost every IDE, I'm rather ...
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While running an application the error occurs, while debugging it doesn't [duplicate]

There is an issue which appears while running the application. It is not an Exception, but the desired UI change is not been implemented. While debugging to find the code which should be changed to ...
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How to get better at debugging? [duplicate]

How can one become better at debugging in general? I do not mean specific tools or tactics that apply to a certain programming language or stack, but simply how to make your mind better at it, ...
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Name for a bug that disappears when someone else looks at it [closed]

Does anyone know of an existing name for a bug that disappears the moment you call someone over to look at it? It's a funny phenomenon, but it has happened from time to time that I'm working on a bug ...
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How to debug through a swing based application effectively

I am trying to understand how a radio button is created in a Dynamic field by reading from an XML using Netbeans 7.0. I know the radio button is created because of the XML being read from database, ...
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Fastest native C++ multi-platform compiler & IDE & debugger [closed]

If I'll begin developing cross platform applications, The complied file speed is very important for me . I have research before than and find same result about IDE : (I ignored eclipse because very ...
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How do you debug without an IDE?

Every time I look for an IDE (currently i'm tinkering with Go), I find a thread full of people recommending Vi, Emacs, Notepad++ etc. I've never done any development outside of an IDE; I guess I've ...
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What are the pros and cons of Inter process communication done via sockets vs shared memory?

I understand that two of the many more options for inter process communication can be : Shared memory Sockets Actually I saw these two options being exposed by Intellij Idea for debugging a Java ...
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A good IDE for NodeJS - debugging especially important [closed]

Have a significant amount of a Data Warehousing application written in Javascript. The application is set up so that the Javascript code runs in a web browser (Chrome). Of course, running a Data ...
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Why is reverse debugging rarely used?

gdb implemented support for reverse debugging in 2009 (with gdb 7.0). I never heard about it until 2012. Now I find it extremely useful for certain types of debugging problems. I wished that I heard ...
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Testing UI for azure web app on iPad

I am working on debugging my mobile application. There is a specific requirement/issue that I am having related to a drag and drop touch interface on an iPad. I am at the trial and error phase of ...