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Re: Move along, nothing to see here . . .

by mertserger (Curate)
on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:12 UTC ( #949354=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Move along, nothing to see here . . .

"Once again, stumped for too long, yet writing this out worked me through the steps to resolve this question for myself."

I know that feeling - the numbers of times I have started to post a question to Perl Monks asking for help, only to find the process of writing the problem down helped me see the answer.

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Re^2: Move along, nothing to see here . . .
by Utilitarian (Vicar) on Jan 23, 2012 at 13:56 UTC
    From "The Practice of Programming" by Brian W Kernighan & Rob Pike:

    Another effective debugging technique is to explain your code to someone else. This will often cause you to explain the bug to yourself. Sometimes it takes no more than a few sentences, followed by an embarrassed "Never mind. I see what's wrong. Sorry to bother you." This works remarkably well; you can even use non-programmers as listeners. One university computer centre kept a teddy bear near the help desk. Students with mysterious bugs were required to explain them to the bear before they could speak to a human counsellor.

    print "Good ",qw(night morning afternoon evening)[(localtime)[2]/6]," fellow monks."

      Also known as teddy bear debugging , mirror debugging, empty room debugging, talking to yourself, Rubber Duck method of debugging, say it out loud George , sing into that hairbrush ...

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