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GDB Pocket Reference Arnold Robbins
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN:0-596-10027-2
80 pages
£ 6.95
Published: 20th May 2005
reviewed by John Collins
   in the September 2005 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

GDB is the GNU debugging package which may be used to debug C, C++ Objective C, Java compiled to machine code with GCJ and Fortran. Best support is in conjunction with the GNU Compiler Collection, GCC.

The book gives a brief but reasonably clear description of the options, configuration files command syntax and a summary of how to do things before launching into an alphabetical list of commands and brief syntax instructions. The book has a 7-page index -- 10% of the pages -- which makes it the only pocket reference I've seen with one and I've got ten others in the same series.

I don't think there is actually too much to say about a debugger and this book says very well all you'd really want to read in such a reference. Nothing really beats actually using it in anger, getting used to the facilities which help you get the job done and this will help you do that.

I'm sure this book will be of great assistance to anyone doing any serious development work in any of the supported languages.

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