Interview with Valgrind Author Julian Seward

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Valgrind is a CPU simulator which is used by KDE and many other projects to profile and debug our programmes. In the interview below Valgrind author Julian Seward talks to KDE Dot News about why he developed Valgrind, how you can use it and, most importantly, where the name comes from. Julian will be giving a talk on Valgrind next Sunday at FOSDEM.

Please introduce yourself and your Free Software work

I'm the founder and project lead for Valgrind. My background is in compiler technology, having been fascinated by them for a good couple of decades. I've also been interested in issues of software correctness for a long time. Eventually I combined these interests into creating Valgrind, a simulation-based tool which you can use to debug and profile your programs.

Since the original 1.0 release, Valgrind has received a great deal of development effort from many talented people. As a result it is now far more capable, robust and portable than I ever expected.

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