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Debugging: a detailed look at failures

SW-intensive systems are quite complicated. When they are not working as expected, this complexity increases even further dramatically. This is where debugging comes in, and a solid methodology is essential in approaching systems of such complexity.

In a series of posts, I’ll try to summarize the debugging methodology I have picked up from trainings, books and of course colleagues. In this first post, I’d like to start with some theory as I couldn’t find a good summary on the web directly fitting to my purposes. Those who get bored with theory ;-) are welcome to jump to the end of this post for the definitions of symptom, root cause and excitation, and continue to the upcoming more practical posts. So, here goes…

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