Java Tutorial #4 — Working with the debugger: Errors happen!

Topics Discussed: Using the built in debugger to show us what is happening within our programs

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In this lesson we look at some of the most common errors that we’ll be running into throughout learning to code.

Common error messages:

; expected
This one is fairly simple it means that at some point you left out a semicolon
} expected
This is the same basic idea as above.

Using the built-in-debugger:
Using the debugger to better understand how our programs are running behind the scenes will teach us a lot about how the program acts, but also how our code handles things. To run the debugger, go up to the debug menu, and simply select “step into / step over”

Below is a cheat sheet on what each thing in the debugger means.

Step over- Go to the next line (and execute it)
Step over expression- Step over individual expressions within a statement
Step into: Go into a method
Step into next method:  Run everything to the next method.
Run to cursor: Compile normally until when they insertion point is reached.

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