Technology Glossary Term

Live debugging refers to the practice of debugging software applications while they are actively running or executing in a production or development environment. Unlike traditional debugging methods that involve pausing or halting the execution of the program to inspect its internal state, live debugging allows developers to diagnose and troubleshoot issues in real-time without interrupting the application’s operation.

Live debugging offers several advantages for cloud hosted applications where pausing and halting of applications is not an option unlike the earlier era of desktop based software. Live debugging fosters better collaboration between development team by gathering insights into runtime behavior and analysis of defects on the go. By debugging issues in real-time, developers can quickly identify and address problems without the need for application restarts or injecting temporary code changes, reducing downtime and minimizing impact on users.

Live debugging tools are an essential component of any software observability stack for proactive monitoring, rapid troubleshooting, and continuous optimization of application behavior, leading to improved system reliability, enhanced user experience, and increased operational efficiency.