Python is one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world. It’s also a great language to learn for beginners for a number of reasons. Python is used for projects of all sizes, from hobbies all the way up to NASA, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. However, it’s not enough to just know how to write in Python – you should also understand how to use the Python debugger, so you can identify issues in your code and troubleshoot them with ease.
The Python debugger is a beneficial interactive source code that helps you identify issues in Python programs. It can also set conditional breakpoints and single stepping at the source line level. What’s more, it supports the inspection of stack frames, source code listing, and the evaluation of arbitrary Python code in any stack frame’s context. Sounds like a handy code to learn, right? Keep reading to find out more about the importance of Python as a debugger.
Why Learning Python Debugging Strategies Is Important
If you’re just getting started learning Python, and you think you’re too new to learn how to debug, think again. When beginners learn debugging strategies, they are able to get a better grasp of the Python programming language. Similar to reading comprehension, learning these strategies allows students to use the skills needed to understand and bring the text to life. The other benefits of learning to debug Python include:
Gain a Deeper Understanding of Code
When you learn debugging strategies, you begin to form the connections dictating why a line of code needs to be written in a certain way. You will soon begin to understand the purpose for quotes, brackets, hashtags, and indents — all things that lead you to being a better programmer.
Build Your Confidence
When learning to code, it’s easy to become quickly discouraged when our programs don’t run. When learning Python, in the IDLE environment, mistakes are highlighted in red with boxes that instantly alert you of an error. This is really beneficial for you to learn as you go, stop mistakes before they become too big, and overall feel like a coding genius. When you learn strategies to find and fix errors, you won’t struggle and struggle until you give up. Each success builds confidence.
Learn how to debug with Python today
In addition to other courses to help you learn Python, we have an entire learning path specifically focused on Debugging with Python included in our Foundation subscription.
Debugging with Python
It is highly unlikely that anyone would write correctly code the first time. Consequently, we all spend a great deal of time in the debugger chasing down bugs. As a well-developed language, Python has the full range of tools required to locate errors. This course will help you learn to use those tools to debug your code.