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With this book, beginning programmers finally have a practical book on debugging techniques for C++. Practical Debugging in C++ serves as an important companion to any introductory textbook on C++ programming. Whether in the computer lab or at home, programmers should keep this book handy for quick reference when writing and debugging C++ programs.

The book includes chapters on:

  • common syntactic and semantic programming errors, with illustrative examples
  • tracing techniques using output statements (tout) in C++ programs, with examples illustrating how tracing can be easily inserted into your programs
  • application of tracing to more advanced C++ constructs such as strings, pointers, structs, and classes
  • use of the interactive debugger, with examples from Microsoft Visual C++ and Metrowerks CodeWarrior

Beginning programmers will want to use this book because it is easy and fast to read with many simple examples. It will save many frustrating hours of debugging time when the tracing and system debugger techniques illustrated in the text and figures are applied.

For the intermediate programmer, particularly those with some experience in other languages, this guide provides a quick up-to-speed primer in C++ debugging with a series of examples of common syntax and semantic errors and how they can be detected and corrected.

Instructors in introductory programming classes will want to recommend this book to their students because it will enable them to become much more self-sufficient, greatly reducing the time students will need for individual consultation regarding their programs.

About the Author

Ann R. Ford is currently a Lecturer of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has taught introductory courses in C and C++ programming for the past 10 years and has applied and refined these debugging principles for her many students. She received the B.A. degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the M.S. degree in computer and communication science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Toby J. Teorey is currently a Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Database Modeling and Design (1999) and has taught courses in C++ programming and database management systems extensively.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1st edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130653942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130653949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David G. De Rosa on January 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been programming for a few years and the pitch made to the intermediate programmer concerning tracing caught my interest.

The books is a fun read, however if you have been programming for more than a semester or two don't bother buying it. Its just

for beginners.

DD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Living In Irvine, CA on June 4, 2006
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If you know some debugging this book probably will not teach you anything new but if you are new to it, it gives you an idea of how to proceed. Nothing new or special about the content, just a small solid book of how to debug.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yeoun Jae Kim on January 9, 2007
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This book demonstrates the most important and basic skill to debug C/C++ programming - Assertion and Tracing. I am almost beginner in software debugging area and this book helped me a lot. FOR BEGINNER ONLY!!!
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By James Robinson on March 24, 2015
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Excellent.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc D Olin on May 1, 2002
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As a recent graduate of Computer Engineering, I wish I had this book when I started my programming career. It is very helpful in showing you how to get started debugging.
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