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debug

Informal
something, esp a computer program, that locates and removes defects in (a device, system, etc.)

debug

[dē′bəg]
(computer science)
To test for, locate, and remove mistakes from a program or malfunctions from a computer.
(electronics)
To detect and remove secretly installed listening devices popularly known as bugs.
(engineering)
To eliminate from a newly designed system the components and circuits that cause early failures.

DEBUG

(software, tool)
The bundled compiler/assembler for DOS/Windows after CP/M.

["DOS Power Tools, Techniques, Tricks, and Utilities, PC Magazine, Paul Somerson Executive Editor, Bantam Books, 1988].

debug

To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits.


Sometimes You Need a Hammer!
Many years ago, in order to find a bug in the Windows version of this encyclopedia, the text had to be scrolled until it crashed. Rather than holding the mouse button down for several minutes, the hammer did the job. Were there more sophisticated methods? Of course, and a built-in auto scroll was later added. Two-pound hammers are not normally part of the debugging toolkit.
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The incremental flow within the Identify software eliminates the guesswork of finding errors in the design by guaranteeing every signal available for incremental debug is correlated back to the original RTL source.
Now with the addition of the Identify software's incremental flow, the tool provides a unique ability to debug an FPGA design in a fashion similar to using an RTL simulator but with the tremendous performance advantage of using the actual hardware.
SoftICE provides developers with powerful, system-wide object search, identification and event monitoring capabilities and can debug applications directly on the retail version of Windows NT.