Debugging by Thinking

A Multidisciplinary Approach


  • Robert Metzger, High Performance Computing Division, Hewlett-Packard Company

Debugging by Thinking: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach is the first book to apply the wisdom of six disciplines—logic, mathematics, psychology, safety analysis, computer science, and engineering—to the problem of debugging. It uses the methods of literary detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, the techniques of mathematical problem solving, the results of research into the cognitive psychology of human error, the root cause analyses of safety experts, the compiler analyses of computer science, and the processes of modern engineering to define a systematic approach to identifying and correcting software errors.
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Computer programmers and developers


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • Imprint: DIGITAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-55558-307-1

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I - The Way of the Detective: Sherlock Holmes; Lord Peter Wimsey; Professor Solomon; Case Studies I; Part II -- The Way of the Mathematician: Mathematical Problem Solving; Mathematical Strategies; Debugging Heuristics; Debugging Tactics; Case Studies II; Part III -- The Ways Less Traveled: The Way of the Safety Expert; The Way of the Psychologist; The Way of the Engineer; The Way of the Computer Scientist; Get Back to Work; Glossary; Root Cause Checklist; Bibliography: Software Development; Books about Thinking Skills; Books about Supporting Disciplines; Books about Debugging