It’s time to debug:
Well, hello programmers, today we are going to deal with one of your biggest dilemmas. After, spending long hours of hard work into coding, when a bug attacks your system, then this annoys the hell out of you. And, moreover, the process of detecting and removing the bug aka debugging can give you some gray hairs. The process of debugging is quite a hefty task.
A number of programmers fail in this aspect of their job every day. As being a programmer your job never ends, because it is your duty to remove any bugs from your creates a webpage. So, the programmer also has to be ready with its toolkit to help users and sanitize bugs. Trust me finding a bug and removing it from your files required some technical skills.
Every programmer has its own policy of handling the task of debugging, but they are all hit and try methods. So, after studying few debugging policies, we have concluded few points that will help you in debugging.
#Don’t do guesswork.
The thumb rule of debugging never relies on guesswork. You may be an experienced programmer and have hefty knowledge of the coding world, but never do guesswork. Never assume the cause of bugs without actually studying the problem itself. You can’t simply guess the reason of bug on your imagination. Don’t form any conclusion until you have any proof.
If you spend more time in thinking the reason of bug, instead of actually practically examining the codes, then my friend you will never get answers. To get debugging done, you need to gather data and try to form reasonable link. To actually understand the bug, you have to examine the data. A doctor can’t give medicine to the patient without examining them, that’s why the programmer is a doctor here. So, never do guesswork in locating bugs.
#Try out every possibility.
Okay, when you are debugging the system, never stops after looking at one data. Try to examining all the related files as you never know where you will get the traitor bug. Like, if your webpage server isn’t responding, then don’t stop after examining login code. Try to explore other files also and find bugs their also. If you get a bug in your first data, then don’t stop there and try to locate bug everywhere. So, try out every possibility in search of bugs.
#Scrutinize data until you find the bug.
As I have mentioned in the beginning, debugging isn’t an easy job. So, there might be a possibility that in your first or tenth attempts you didn’t locate the bug. In that case, don’t lose your hope and try to study data until you get the bug. Because bug is hidden somewhere in the data, so don’t stop until you find it.
#Find Reason, not Symptom.
Most of the time programmers deletes the file or folder which contains the bug. But, that’s not any reasonable solution, because you will never get to know the reason for the bug. So, instead of deleting the infected file, try to find the cause of the bug. This approach will help you in long run and you can even avoid future mistakes.