Debugging a crucial skill but very rarely taught

Listening on software engineering radio podcast Diomidis Spinellis mentions how debugging is so much important in software development but still, we don’t teach much in-depth this skill in our universities. I and believe any other programmer will agree that debugging tools are the key arsenal in fixing bugs and even understanding the system.

Either you use modern tools or just by basic print/printf statements that don’t matter. Students should learn these key skills and professors should emphasize on educating and not only in universities even in industry set-up when a new developer joins in there should be good exposure to debugging so that they dissect code base and become productive fast.

Worth considering I think …

What do you think? Please share in comments.

Resource on debugging, profiling and benchmarking in Perl

I am listing some of the online resource which really helped me to understand the debugging and profiling in Perl.

Profiling Perl by Simon Cozens

Dr. Dobbs Journel by brian d foy

Wasting time thinking about wasted time by brian d foy

Randal L. Schwartz column on Unix Review

Benchmarking your code by turnstep

Debugging and Profiling mod_perl Applications by Frank Wiles 

also do not forget to check chapter 4, 5, 6 of Mastering Perl Book and documentation on CPAN and perldoc.

Any Addition to this list is welcome.

Enjoy Perl.




 Slides of Tim Bunce talk on Devel::NYTProf YAPC::EU August 2010