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A gdb-like Debugger for Perl by Rocky Bernstein

About this talk:

Have you ever needed to debug some Perl code? Have you tried the built-in Perl debugger? Sure it does the job, but... yuck!

In this talk, Rocky Bernstein will show off a new gdb-like debugger he wrote for Perl, Devel::Trepan. It includes extensive on-line help, debugger command completion and source-code colorization. It has other features that are not in the venerable stock debugger for Perl, but you may also come away knowing a little more about perl5db.

About the speaker:

Rocky has been writing open-source code for close to two decades and has been using Perl for about as long. Chances are that code he wrote or contributed to is on your computer, especially if it is Unix-derived. Rocky makes lots of mistakes so he has worked on a number of debuggers, including an exotic one for GNU Make.


1440 Broadway, 21st floor
(take any subway to Times Square)

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  • David G.

    Rocky's presentation gave a detailed introduction to his new debugger. It was a compelling alternative to the standard Perl debugger and I plan to start using it regularly. Great preparation by the speaker -- it was mostly live demo, but not unplanned or unscripted. A good model for other live demos to follow.

    August 23, 2012

  • Mitchell L.

    wonderful informative lecture. Great speaker

    August 23, 2012

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