How to get it

Here’s how to get the book, “Debugging”, by Dave Agans. It’s a fast, fun read that will help anyone debug stuff faster. If you’re a newbie, it’ll give you benefit of years of experience. If you’re a seasoned pro, it’ll give you a few new insights, a great way to train the less experienced members of your team, and a bunch of amusing war stories. For more info, see the reviews and excerpts further down on the page.
The book is available online at; follow this link:

Order “Debugging” online at  This is the new edition; there is an older edition you can also get, but it’s the same content, more expensive and usually not in stock. Your call. You can also buy it at your neighborhood Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other fine bookstores. Note that Amazon’s stocking policy often results in them saying it could take a while to restock — don’t worry, it won’t.

If you’re a manager, educator, or HR person, contact the publisher (Amacom Books) about quantity pricing and custom versions.

Amacom Books is at


James Holmes (co-author of Windows Power Tools): “This book’s only 175 or so pages long and is well-worth adding to your library. Actually, substitute “a critical addition” for “well worth adding”.”
Dr. Howard Johnson (author of High-Speed Digital Design): “Articulates nine timeless and indespensable principles … a good read for even the most experienced engineers.”
Charles Petzold (author of Programming Windows): “Finally, a book that makes you feel like a smart debugger rather than just a confused one.”
EDN Magazine: “…lays out sensible strategies and tactics, clearly based on years of experience and reflection.”
Dr. Dobbs Journal: “…entertaining… …eminently practical… … I expect I’ll lend this book out frequently.”
IEEE Software: “Hooray for “Debugging”… …funny… …entertaining… …easy to relate to… …This book should be required reading for all technology college students.”
David Wheeler on “It’s not often you find a classic, but I think I’ve found a new classic for software and computer hardware developers… This is a book I expect to find useful many, many, years from now… fun to read… lots of good points… Get this book.”
John Regehr, Associate Professor of Computer Science University of Utah: “Agans’ book is The Prince or The Art of War for debugging…”


Here’s a few excerpts in PDF, if you’d like to get an idea of what you’re buying before you click “order.” Obviously, this is all copyright protected and you’re only allowed to use it to decide whether to buy, per the following notice:
© 2002 David J. Agans All rights reserved. Published by AMACOM Books A Division of the American Management Association 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019To order call 1-800-262-9699

Debugging Chapter 1 – Introduction

Debugging Chapter 2 – The Rules, Suitable for Framing

Details: The excerpts are PDF files, so to look at them you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you don’t already have that, you can download it here: