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Survival skills: Troubleshooting Computer Code

This workshop covers strategies to help beginners learn to troubleshoot computer code and scripts. Our suggestions are programming language and platform agnostic, so practitioners in any computing language can use these strategies.

After this workshop, you should know

  • How to check your code for hidden assumptions
  • How to work incrementally to isolate errors and debug your code
  • Strategies for reading code, error/warning messages, and logs

Pre-requisites: having used or tried to use any programming or scripting language.

You will not need any computer software for this workshop. We will practice debugging strategies on a "pseudo-code" handout that is not from any specific programming language. Thus, this workshop is applicable to researchers using any coding language.

This workshop will be offered in person. This workshop is typically offered once per semester and can also be scheduled on request.  Next semester, we will offer it as the opposite format (Zoom). Automatic captioning will be provided via Zoom. The curriculum is freely available online at: https://osf.io/qy7jb/. We have no scheduled breaks during this one-hour workshop.  Gendered/family restrooms are available on the same floor. Food and drinks are not provided but Bizzell Memorial Library has a coffee shop on LL1 (hours may vary) and vending machines on LL1, in the hall east of LL118 (the community room).  Water fountains are available on all floors. For additional accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact the workshop instructor or .

Registration is recommended.

Questions? Contact Claire Curry, cmcurry@ou.edu.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
1:00pm - 2:00pm
LL 123 Classroom
Bizzell Memorial Library
Research Workshops—OU Libraries

Registration is required. There are 8 seats available.