Eclipse and Java: Using the Debugger

Posted in Development, Operating Systems, Science on November 09, 2007

Eclipse and Java: Using the Debugger

This  free video tutorial will teach you how to use the Eclipse Java Debugger. It is based on Eclipse version 3.3. This is for programmers who have completed the "Total Beginners" tutorial or have some familiarity with Eclipse and Java. No prior experience with the Eclipse Debugger is needed.

The 7 lessons are each about 15 minutes long and total about 1 3/4 hours. The lessons guide you through a step-by-step process of running debug sessions, setting breakpoints, stepping through a running program, and examining variables and expressions. Then we use this knowledge to fix some bugs in our code.

We use the "personal lending library" application developed in the "Total Beginners" tutorial. Each lesson is fully narrated. Along the way, we learn some very cool Eclipse functionality. See the  Tutorial Companion Guide for more information about the tutorial, or look at the Lessons link to see the lesson outlines.

We learn how to debug programs written using test-driven development, running debug sessions using the JUnit testing facility in Eclipse. We also learn to debug standard Java programs. The lessons are designed for you to work side-by-side, pausing and rewinding the video as needed.

Click here to view Lesson 1. Click here to download any of the lessons. Be sure to download the Tutorial Companion Guide (PDF format).

The tutorials use Eclipse version 3.3 (Europa), released June 2007.

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