Spelunking in Ruby

Short Form


We've all heard, "With good tests, you don't need a debugger." But faced with unfamiliar or poorly covered code, tests can fall short. Debugging tools are indispensable for taking that next step, and the Ruby ecosystem provides many options to help.


This talk showcases a wide variety of techniques for digging into that daunting application or gem. Starting from the humble puts statement, we’ll dive through the various platform-specific Ruby debuggers, eventually peeking into the murky depths of gdb and the Ruby VM itself.

Jam packed with shortcuts, techniques, and gotchas, you’ll be plumbing the depths of your code in no time.


Ruby, debugging

Speaking experience

This talk has not been given previously.

I've spoken at several Ruby conferences over the past year including Mt. West Ruby, RubyConf, CodeMash and Ruby on Ales.

Slides from prior talks are available at https://speakerdeck.com/jasonrclark
Videos at http://confreaks.com/presenters/1621-jason-clark