Chapter 8

Debugging

As you begin the eighth chapter, you'll start operating at a higher level. You may notice that in this chapter I use a different approach to teach you about debugging. In order for you to understand why this is an important chapter, I want you to consider the road that led me to presenting this chapter and its exercises.

So, what's the beef with debugging?

In 1988, at the University of Montana in Bozeman, I found myself in my first computer science class. It was fun getting out of the Electrical Engineering building every now and again to dabble around in software. We'd rush over—sometimes in bitter, minus 20-degree weather and blinding snow—to get to the Computer Science building across the quad. During my class in Pascal, ...

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