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How Debuggers Work: Algorithms, Data Structures, and Architectureby Jonathan Rosenberg
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A total guide to debuggers: what they do, how they work, and how to use them to produce better programs
"Debuggers are the magnifying glass, the microscope, the logic analyzer, the profiler, and the browser with which a program can be examined."-Jonathan B. Rosenberg
Debuggers are an indispensable tool in the development process. In fact, during the course of the average software project, more hours are spent debugging software than in compiling code. Yet, not many programmers really know how to constructively interpret the results they get back from debuggers. And even fewer know what makes these complex suites of algorithms and data structures tick. Now in this extremely accessible guide, Jonathan B. Rosenberg demystifies debuggers for programmers and shows them how to make better use of debuggers in their next projects.
Taking a hands-on, problem-solving approach to a complex subject, Rosenberg explains how debuggers work and why programmers use them. Most importantly, he provides practical discussions of debugger algorithms and procedures for their use, accompanied by many practical examples. The author also discusses a wide variety of systems applications, from Microsoft's Win32 debug API to a large parallel architecture.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -246) and index.
About the Author
JONATHAN B. ROSENBERG, author, manages the development of software tools at Borland International.
Table of Contents
Hardware Debugger Facilities.
Operating System Debugger Infrastructure.
Breakpoints and Single Stepping.
Discovering Program Context.
Inspecting Data and Variables.
Debugging GUI Applications.
Specialized Debugger Applications.
Debugging Optimized Code.
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