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Debugging Code Strategies
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There are many ways to debug code, and the best approach will depend on the specific issue you are trying to resolve and the tools and resources available to you. Here are some 5 general strategies you can try:
USE A DEBUGGER: Many programming environments come with a debugger that allows you to pause the execution of your code at specific point and examine the value of variables and other state. You can use the debugger to step through your code line by line, watching how variables change and identifying where the program is occurring.
PRINT DEBUGGING: A simple but effective technique is to insert print statements at various points in your code to output the values of variables and other state. This can help you understand what is happening at each step and identify where the problemis occurring.
USE AN ERROR LOG: If your code is encountering an error, it may be helpful to log the error and any relevant information about the state of your program at the time of the error. This can help you understand what went wrong and how to fix it.
TEST INCREMENTALLY: If you are working on a large codebase, it can helpful to test small, incremental changes rather than trying to debug the entire program at once. This can make it easier to identify the specific part of the code that is causing the issue.
CONSULT DOCUMENTATION AND RESOURCES: If you are having trouble understanding a particular concept or library, consulting the documentation or seeking help from online resources such as StackOverFlow can be helpful and many other resources out there.