On debugging

As we put more and more into programs, debugging becomes time consuming. This quote is particularly true:

As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn’t as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.

— Sir Maurice Wilkes

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