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The Debugger's Handbook

1st Edition

By J.F. DiMarzio

Auerbach Publications

458 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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For today's programmers, it is impossible to foresee every input, every usage scenario, and every combination of applications that can cause errors when run simultaneously. Given all of these unknowns, writing absolutely bug-free code is unachievable. But it is possible, with the right knowledge, to produce nearly bug-free code and The Debugger's Handbook provides just the right guidance to do it.

Focused on the best practices for writing code as well as on the methods to perform more effective debugging, DiMarzio promotes a natural debugging approach to writing code. He begins by examining and concretely defining just what a bug is, what circumstances are more prone to producing bugs, and how to avoid them from the start. Rather than focusing on techniques for a specific programming language, this book offers guidance on the basic philosophies and practices that can minimize the appearance of bugs in any language. Extensive use of examples-with sample code given in VB, VB .NET, C++, and Java-reinforce a practical understanding of the concepts and offer ample opportunity to put them to use.

Working systematically through the programming steps encountered in practice, The Debugger's Handbook is the most versatile and practical guide available for minimizing errors, decreasing development time and costs, and making you a better programmer.

Reviews

". . . found the book very readable and easy to understand. The detailed explanations provide great insight for the reader. I really liked the author’s ability to make the steps very easy to follow while providing meaning and understanding. Overall, I definitely recommend this book."

– Scott Brookhart, in StickyMinds.com, 2007

Table of Contents

BUGS: FACT OR FICTION?

The History of Bugs

The Rise of the Modern Programmer

Dissecting a Bug: Definition

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

WRITING BUG-FREE CODE PART I: THE DESIGN PROCESS

Planning Your Bug-Free Project

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

BUG-FREE CODE PART II: THE CODING PROCESS

It Is All in the Comments

Comment Characters of Multiple Languages

Introductory Comments

Using .NET Regions

Coding Standards

Functions, Subroutines, and Methods

Reusable Code

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

THROWING CUSTOM EXCEPTIONS

Unstructured Error Handling

Structured Error Handling

Throwing Custom Errors

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

DESIGN TIME DEBUGGING

Benefits of Removing Bugs at Design Time

Debugging in Visual Studio 2003

Visual Basic Debug Mode Editing

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

DEBUGGING AND VISUAL STUDIO 2005

Debugging with the New Features in Visual Studio 2005

Design Time Debugging

Debugging

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

TESTING

When Is It Time to Test?

Setting Up the Test Environment

Choosing the Test Team

Finding Bugs

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

COMMENTING YOUR CODE WITH XML

XML Tags

Review Questions

Looking Ahead

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: OPENING FILES

Opening Files

Executing the Close Method in the Wrong Place

Other Syntactical/File Navigation Errors

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: READING FILES

Opening a File as the Incorrect Type

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: SAVING PROGRAM SETTINGS

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: WORKING WITH OBJECTS

Not Defining the Object Correctly

Not Being Able to See an Object from All Forms

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: EDITING THE REGISTRY

Using SaveSetting and GetSetting

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: WINDOWS TERMINATION FUNCTIONALITY

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: OPENING A DATABASE

Passing String Credentials

Obtaining Connection Settings from a .udl File

Using ODBC Connections

Closing a Database

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: READING A DATABASE

Using a DataReader

REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS: SEARCHING A DATABASE

Querying Tables

Using Stored Procedures

INDEX

About the Author

J.F. DiMarzio is an IT manager with 14 years of experience in the technology industry. His other books have been translated into five languages and sold worldwide. He currently works as a management consultant in the southeastern United States

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM051010
COMPUTERS / Programming Languages / General
COM051230
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General