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6 Stages of Debugging


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1. That can’t happen.

2. That doesn’t happen on my machine.

3. That shouldn’t happen.

4. Why does that happen?

5. Oh, I see.

6. How did that ever work?



Soooo true. Gah! I cannot tell you how many times I've gone through those steps, whether it's while coding, troubleshooting a site, trying to fix my computer, whatever, ha.

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The first step to debugging is to write a bug into the program right from the start. That's exactly what most programmers do. They don't code programs. Instead they bug programs. It has become, more or less, standard practice. How else are they going to make money from releasing new versions if the first version is totally bug-free?

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