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Episode 71: Start Using a Debugger With Your Python Code

The Real Python Podcast

Jul 30, 2021 1h 5m

Are you still sprinkling print statements throughout your code while writing it? Print statements are often clunky and offer only a limited view of the state of your code. Have you thought there must be a better way? This week on the show, we have Nina Zakharenko to discuss her conference talk titled “Goodbye Print, Hello Debugger.”

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We talk about how to get started debugging your code by adding a single keyword. Nina discusses the differences between debugging on the command line vs using the tools included with an Integrated Development Environment(IDE). She also shares tricks and best practices. If you haven’t seen Nina’s conference talk, it’s a great starting point.

We also talk about working through the last 18 months and how to recharge your creative batteries. We briefly discuss two other presentations Nina gave about CircuitPython and getting started with electronics and Python.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:46 – Follow up on PyCascades 2021 and 2022
  • 00:02:45 – Election to the PSF Board
  • 00:05:06 – Current levels of burnout
  • 00:09:09 – Possible ways to recharge
  • 00:12:18 – Goodbye Print, Hello Debugger
  • 00:14:46 – What are the types of things you can examine the state of?
  • 00:18:01 – Where to start?
  • 00:22:37 – Sponsor: Sentry
  • 00:23:39 – Why is debugging not shown as often in Python?
  • 00:26:49 – Debugging in VSCode
  • 00:29:37 – Adding breakpoints in Flask or Django Templates
  • 00:31:32 – What is pdb and how does it compare to ipdb?
  • 00:39:40 – What are common debugging mistakes?
  • 00:43:50 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:44:48 – Why include a disclaimer about the talk?
  • 00:46:13 – Where did you learn about debugging?
  • 00:49:23 – Nina’s conference talks about CircuitPython
  • 00:58:33 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:59:51 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:04:02 – Social info
  • 01:04:27 – Thanks and goodbye

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