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Eclipse and Java: Using the Debugger

This free video tutorial will teach you how to use the Eclipse Java Debugger. It is based on Eclipse version 3.3. This is for programmers who have completed the "Total Beginners" tutorial or have some familiarity with Eclipse and Java. No prior experience with the Eclipse Debugger is needed.

The 7 lessons are each about 15 minutes long and total about 1 3/4 hours. The lessons guide you through a step-by-step process of running debug sessions, setting breakpoints, stepping through a running program, and examining variables and expressions. Then we use this knowledge to fix some bugs in our code.

We use the "personal lending library" application developed in the Total Beginners tutorial. Each lesson is fully narrated. Along the way, we learn some very cool Eclipse functionality. See the Tutorial Companion Guide for more information about the tutorial, or look at the tutorial lesson outlines.

We learn how to debug programs written using test-driven development, running debug sessions using the JUnit testing facility in Eclipse. We also learn to debug standard Java programs. The lessons are designed for you to work side-by-side, pausing and rewinding the video as needed.

You can view lesson 1 without downloading it. To download all of the lessons, go to the project download page. Be sure to download the Tutorial Companion Guide (PDF format).

Also, please download the file debugger_tutorial_archive.zip from the same download site. Note: Do not unzip this file. We will use it in the first lesson.

The tutorials use Eclipse version 3.3 (Europa), released June 2007.