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Sunday, April 16, 2006.

Find the Bug : A Book of Incorrect Programs


ISBN: 0321223918
Author: Adam Barr
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional


50 exercises to help you find bugs faster -- with less aggravation!

Bug hunting is an art, and you need to be a master. Get Find the Bug, and you'll become one. Long-time Microsoft programmer Adam Barr presents 50 programs, each with exactly one bug. Your assignment: find it. As you do, Barr will teach you how to "think like your processor"... anticipating exactly how code will behave, even without running it. You'll learn better ways to read code, understand it -- and above all, improve it. Whether you're building new systems or maintaining someone else's, you'll find bugs earlier, faster, with less frustration... and write cleaner code to begin with.

Presents "bugged" programs in C, Java, Python, Perl, and x86 assembly language, with carefully explained solutions
Includes language overviews to help you debug all 50 examples, even if you don't know the language
Shows how to look past the "surface" of code to uncover its hidden internal logic
Offers practical guidance on analyzing programs, including specific inputs to test
Presents a wide range of realistic bugs, with no phony "gotchas"
Draws on the types of coding and debugging challenges Microsoft uses to interview new programmers
An indispensable resource for working programmers, maintainers, testers, quality specialists, and everyone involved in code reviews

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