Books on Debugging

Here is a list of books on debugging:

D.J. Agans, Debugging: The Nine Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems. American Management Association, 2002
S. Ball, Debugging Embedded Microprocessor Systems. Newnes, 1998
A. Barr, Find the Bug. A Book of Incorrect Programs. Addison-Wesley Professional, 2004
Bill Blunden, Software Exorcism: A Handbook for Debugging and Optimizing Legacy Code. Apress, 2003
M.H. Brown, Algorithm Animation. MIT Press, 1988
A.R. Ford, T.J. Teorey, Practical Debugging in C++. Prentice Hall, 2002
P.A. Fritzson (Editor), Automated and Algorithmic Debugging: First International Workshop, Aadebug ’93 Linkoping, Sweden, May 3-5, 1993: Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer 1993
T. Grötker, U. Holtmann, H. Keding, M. Wloka, The Developer’s Guide to Debugging, 2nd Edition. Createspace, 2012
M. Hewardt, D. Pravat, Advanced Windows Debugging. Addison-Wesley 2007
K. Kaspersky, Hacker Debugging Uncovered. A-List Publishing, 2005
R. Lencevicius, Advanced Debugging Methods. Springer, 2000
J. DiMarzio, The Debugger’s Handbook. AUERBACH 2006
N. Matloff, The Art of Debugging with GDB, DDD, and Eclipse. No Starch Press 2008
E. McKay, M. Woodring, Debugging Windows Programs: Strategies, Tools, and Techniques for Visual C++ Programmers. Addison-Wesley 2000
R.C. Metzger, Debugging by Thinking: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Digital Press, 2003
G.J. Myers, C. Sandler, T. Badgett, The Art of Software Testing, Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2011
C.H. Pappas, W.H. Murray, Debugging C++. Osborne Publishing, 2000
J.B. Rosenberg, How Debuggers Work: Algorithms, Data Structures, and Architecture. Wiley, 1996
E. Shapiro, Algorithmic Program Debugging. The MIT Press, 1983
T. Soulami, Inside Windows Debugging. Microsoft Press, 2012
M. Stitt, Debugging: Creative Techniques and Tools for Software Repair. John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1992
M.A. Telles, Y. Hsieh, The Science of Debugging. Coriolis Group Books, 2001
D. Vostokov, Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 1, Volume 2. Opentask, 2008.
See Crash Dump Analysis and Debugging Portal for examples, book reviews, tools, links, and how to contact the author
A. Zeller, Why Programs Fail, Second Edition: A Guide to Systematic Debugging. Morgan Kaufmann, 2009.
See Why Programs Fail for software, examples, tools, references, slides, errata, and how to contact the author

Books on Debugging Tools

J. Seward, N Nethercote, J Weidendorfer, Valgrind 3.3 – Advanced Debugging and Profiling for GNU/Linux applications. Network Theory Ltd., 2008
R. Stallmann, R. Pesch, S. Shebs, E. Suvasa, M. Lee Debugging with GDB: The GNU Source-Level Debugger. Free Software Foundation; 10th edition 2011
GDB reference manual. An updated PDF version of this book can be downloaded at

Books on Debugging Embedded System Software

M. Barr, A. Massa, Programming Embedded Systems. O´Reilly, 2nd. Edition, 2006
M. Pont, Embedded C. Addison-Wesley, 2002
L. Simone, If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire? Embedded Debugging Methods Revealed: Technical Mysteries for Engineers. Newnes, 2007

Books about Parallel Programming and Debugging

R. Chandra, R. Menon, L. Dagum, D. Kohr, D. Maydan, J. McDonald, Parallel Programming in OpenMP. Morgan Kaufmann, 2000
B. Chapman, G. Jost, R. van der Pas, Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming. The MIT Press 2007
R. Eigenmann (Editor), M. Voss (Editor), OpenMP Shared Memory Parallel Programming: International Workshop on OpenMP Applications and Tools, WOMPAT 2001, West Lafayette, IN, USA, July 30-31, 2001. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer 2001
A. H. Hayes, J. S. Brown, M. L. Simmons, Debugging and Performance Tuning for Parallel Computing Systems (IEEE Computer Society Press). John Wiley & Sons 1996
J. Reinders, Intel Threading Building Blocks: Outfitting C++ for Multi-core Processor Parallelism. O’Reilly Media 2007

Books on Related CS Topics

T.H. Cormen, C.E. Leiserson, R.L. Rivest, C. Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition. The MIT Press, 3rd Edition, 2009
B. Kernighan, D. Ritchie, The C Programming Language. Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 1988. The classic book on C. The 2nd Edition is based on the ANSI C standard.
J. Levine, Linkers and Loaders. Morgan Kaufmann, 2000
S. Meyers, Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and
Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series, 3rd Edition, 2005.
See also Scott Meyer’s for other books on software development, training classes, and his top-5 lists of the most important C++ books, articles, people, software, and C++ Aha! Moments
R. Sedgewick, K. Wayne, Algorithms, 4th Edition Addison-Wesley Professional, 2011


A list of journals that contain debugging topics:


The ACM Portal lets you search the full text collection of every article published by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

Example articles on debugging topics

Dr. Dobb’s Journal

Dr. Dobb’s Portal is the web page for Dr. Dobb’s Journal, a monthly magazine on software development. For relevant articles, go to the Magazine Archive, and search for keywords “debugging”, “debugger”, “profiler”, and other keywords applicable to debugging. There is also a department section on Testing & Debugging

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IEEE Explore, full searchable text access to the IEEE archives. For relevant articles, search for keywords “debugging”, “debugger”, and “profiler”.

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Linux Journal

Linux Journal is the web page of the monthly Linux Journal magazine. For relevant articles, go to the Magazine Archive, and search for keywords “debugging”, “debugger”, and “profiler”.

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Software Test & Performance

Software Test & Performance is a magazine on software quality and performance.

Research Papers on Debugging