Getting the most out of GDB

Mark Williamson, Greg Law

60 minute session
09:30-10:30, Thursday, 7th July 2022

If you write C++ on Linux then chances are that you use GDB at least sometimes.

Many don't realise how much GDB can you do for them. It's a lot more than just break, step, print. This talk is packed with short and simple examples demonstrating the more advanced features of GDB, including its powerful Python scripting, different user interfaces, dynamic printf, multi-process debugging, advanced types of breakpoints and watchpoints, even time-travel debugging!

Developers spend relatively little time typing in the code and much more getting it to work - you can't be a great programmer without being great at debugging. And you can't be great at debugging if you're not able to get the most out of the tools available.

Few slides, lots of demos, lots of things covered - you will leave the talk able to debug difficult problems much more quickly than you could before.


Mark Williamson

Mark is a systems programmer whose past work has included virtualisation and control systems for smart materials. He is currently Architect at Undo where he leads technical projects and organisational changes.

Greg Law

Greg is the co-founder, CEO and CTO at Undo and has 20 years' experience in the software industry. He holds a PhD from City University, London and while he mostly holds management roles these days, Greg is a coder at heart and likes to bridge the gap between the business and software world. In his spare time, Greg catches up on emails.