A Chat-GPT story about Frustrated Fred debugging some gnarly code:
import pdb def main(): # Our developer, Frustrated Fred, has been tasked with debugging the gnarliest code ever written. # He's been at it for hours, and he's starting to feel like he'll never figure it out. # Fred starts by adding some print statements to try and understand what's going on. print("Starting debugging session") # But the code is so convoluted that the print statements just aren't cutting it. # Fred decides to use the pdb library to set a breakpoint and step through the code line by line. pdb.set_trace() # As he steps through the code, Fred realizes that there are multiple bugs causing problems. # One bug is caused by a typo in a variable name. # Another bug is caused by a missing import statement. # And there are several more bugs hiding in the tangled mess of code. # Fred's frustration reaches a boiling point as he tries to unravel the knots in the code. # He's never seen anything like this before, and he's starting to doubt that he'll ever be able to fix it. # In a fit of anger, Fred grabs his computer and hurls it out the window. # He can't take it anymore. He can't stand this gnarly code. # But as Fred calms down, he starts to feel guilty about what he's done. # He knows he can't just give up. He has to find a way to fix the code. # So Fred gets to work, trying every trick in the book to find and fix the bugs. # And after what feels like an eternity, Fred finally succeeds. # The code is working perfectly, and Fred can't believe he actually managed to fix it. # He's exhausted, but also incredibly proud of himself. # As he walks away from his computer, Fred can't help but wonder what kind of person could have written such gnarly code in the first place. # But at least he was able to untangle it and make it work. if __name__ == "__main__": main()
If only Frustrated Fred would have watched this debugging talk and approached debugging with a system and effective tooling, he wouldn’t have been so frustrated!