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Debugging: Hunting and Squashing Bugs


Learning how to debug is the most valuable skill to develop as you learn to program. This four-week course from the University of Michigan will help you improve your programming ability by providing you with the skills you need to understand and debug code.

What’s more, you’ll learn the crucial techniques to help minimize mistakes and problems in your code.

Most modern development environments contain a debugger, which you can use to find bugs and understand what is happening in your code. However, many people still rely on print statements when they debug.

This course will help you gain confidence in using debuggers, so you can spend less time seeking out and fixing bugs and focus on building exciting new programming projects. The majority of coding errors occur when the programmer doesn’t understand the code or makes mistakes with the language, resulting in bugs. In this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to spot and solve semantic and syntax errors more easily. You’ll also streamline your coding process by learning to write and run unit tests to examine and check your code.

This course is designed for those interested in developing their Python skills or communicating with other programmers in a professional setting.




4 weeks



U-M Credit Eligible



  • Barbara Ericson

    Assistant Professor

    School of Information