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5 steps to become a PRO Debugger 🐛💻

I really liked what we did last week, so I am starting a series called Funny Friday, and every Friday I will try to bring some humor to DEV <3

Anyone who has spent enough time working with code knows that debugging is more art than science. Sometimes, it is pure intuition as well.

It's a deep dive into the psyche of your application, and sometimes, it feels like it's a dive into your own psyche too. (Yes, I have spent way too much time thinking about this)

Here are the confessions of a serial debugger — stories from the front lines of code warfare.

1. I Talk to My Code—And It Doesn’t Always Talk Back 🗣️

Yes, I confess: I talk to my code. They say the first sign of madness is talking to yourself, but in debugging, it’s the first sign of hope.

Whether it’s coaxing a function to work or outright threatening a stubborn loop, every serial debugger knows that sometimes, all your code needs is a good pep talk… or a stern warning.

2. My Breakpoints Tell a Story 🥰

To the untrained eye, my breakpoints might look random, but each one tells a story. There's the breakpoint that finally caught the elusive off-by-one error, and the one that I forgot to remove, which turned into a surprisingly helpful diagnostic tool.

My breakpoints aren't just code; they're milestones on my journey through logic and semicolons.

3. The 3 AM Epiphany 🌃

There’s something about the deep night that speaks to debuggers.

Maybe it’s the silence, or maybe it’s the desperation. But every debugger knows the sweet, surreal feeling of finding the solution in the wee hours—when the rest of the world is asleep, and it’s just you and your glowing screen.

Please, I am not saying for you to be coding at these hours! I am just saying it works :x

4. I’ve Blamed the Hardware—More Than Once 🖥️

Let’s be honest: sometimes, it just feels better to blame the hardware.Sure, nine times out of ten, it’s a bug in my code, but every once in a while, it’s cathartic to pretend that the computer is just out to get me. And on rare occasions, it really is a hardware issue, and I feel like a detective cracking a high-stakes case.

5. I Have a Favorite "Good Luck" Playlist 🎶

Every serial debugger has their rituals, and mine involves a specific playlist.

It's the soundtrack of Mr. Robot, it makes me feel like some powerful hacker and I swear it has magical properties. When the right track hits, the pieces of the puzzle just fall into place.

Bugs, bugs, Bugs 🐞

Debugging might drive us a little crazy, but it also keeps us sharp. It's a test of patience, skill, and creativity.

And while our methods may be quirky, and our habits a bit strange, at the end of the day, it's all about that moment of triumph—when the code runs, the bug is fixed, and all is right in the world.

Let 's connect!

What are your debugging confessions?

Click here to join WebCrumbs Community and share your stories and let’s laugh together at the chaos and charm of being a serial debugger!

Thanks for reading!

Pachi from WebCrumbs 💚🍪

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