Debug It! Review Roundup

It’s clear that the author’s years of debugging experience were superbly distilled into this collection of high impact advice.

A must have book for anyone writing programs.

Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s Paul Butcher’s first book that gives Debug It! its remarkable charm and conviction. The fact that very few other books cover the theme on such an intellectual and psychological level undoubtedly helps set it apart from the few books currently out there too. Either way you look at it, Paul’s take on debugging is certainly essential reading for those looking to clean up their act and, more importantly, their code.

Overall, this book is going to be a huge win, and I think it’s a worthy successor to the Release It! reputation. Development managers and team leads should get a copy for the junior developers on their team as a Christmas gift, but only after the senior developers have read through it as well.

Excellent discussion of the strategy of debugging. Buy, it read it and kill bugs.

I feel like armored with all this knowledge I am ready to become a one man Anticimex army for software bugs. Now it has been a while since I read the book but I remember solving bugs with a new confidence while reading it and after. Strongly recommended for everyone doing software development in any form.

The C#rypt

Frankly, I wish this book would be read by a lot of developers

This book is highly recommended as it contains a whole lot of wisdom and experience from the field of software engineering. It’s only 190 pages, so you should be able to get through very quickly. So, you can’t lose on this one.


I think that this book should be read by all new software developers as well as all junior or mid-level developers. There’s plenty to be learned by the senior developer types too. Even if you’ve been doing these things for a long time, this is a good read to make sure you’re keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground.

With my many years of experience in supporting and debugging large existing enterprise systems, I have to say that Paul Butcher summarize and structure all the knowledge (and more) that I have, sometimes painfully, accumulated during this activity. This is therefore an excellent book that I will recommend to everybody that is involved in software development in general and maintenance activities specifically.

I know that this book influenced the way I work now, and there aren’t many books I could say something like this about.

All in all, there is just a lot of tremendously valuable information in this book. And it’s only about 190 pages so it definitely won’t take you a long time to read it. I’ve frequently been amazed at the inability of developers to efficiently debug issues when they occur. And i’m not just talking about bad developers. I’ve seen plenty of good or even great developers having trouble with debugging efficiently. This book would definitely get them on the right track, with just a little bit effort.

Understanding is everything: that is at the heart of Paul Butcher’s comprehensive study of the science and psychology of debugging.

The book does a great (and truly pragmatic) job of covering all these aspects and addressing a wide range of topics related to debugging software.

If you are too busy to read this delightful book in its entirety, then at least read the final chapter whilst mandating that your entire development team read “Debug It!” from cover to cover.

As usual, the publisher has an excellent book on a practical subject that answers oractical qustions on debugging.

I would highly recommend Debug It! to any junior-level programmer who’s interested in developing a more disciplined approach to debugging. If you’re not a junior-level programmer but still feel like you waste a lot of time debugging, you will probably find this book helpful as well. It’s like having a mentor sitting there with you, teaching you how to take your debugging game to the next level.

It’s really good seeing these ideas in words because it’s quite easy to forget about the best way to approach problems in the heat of the moment and the approaches suggested by Paul certainly aren’t done everywhere in my experience.

While I was familiar with many of the practices discussed in the book … I learned quite a few new things.

It does a great job of setting the scene for debugging and getting you into the right mind set, while also talking about the complications that can arise once the bug is found and squashed. It’s almost worth looking at for the anecdotes alone, to understand the lengths that you sometimes have to go to when trying to understand some truly bizarre defects.

This is a recommended read for anyone who works closely in the software industry, be it a developer, a tester or even a product manager.

1 Response to “Debug It! Review Roundup”

  1. 1 Ryan April 19, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Hi, I’m a game programmer and now I translate your ‘Debug It!’ book(in Korean). It’s almost done, but I have some questions. Would you mind if I ask something? Thanks in advance.

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