Sun Studio 12: Debugging a Program With dbx

When to Use Runtime Checking

One way to avoid seeing a large number of errors at once is to use runtime checking earlier in the development cycle—as you are developing the individual modules that make up your program. Write a unit test to drive each module and use runtime checking incrementally to check one module at a time. That way, you deal with a smaller number of errors at a time. When you integrate all of the modules into the full program, you are likely to encounter few new errors. When you reduce the number of errors to zero, you need to run runtime checking again only when you make changes to a module.