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This paper introduces program chipping, a simple yet effective technique to isolate bugs. This technique automatically removes or chips away parts of a program so that the part that contributes to some symptomatic output becomes more apparent to the user. Program chipping is similar in spirit to traditional program slicing and debugging techniques and tools, but chipping uses very simple techniques based on the syntactic structure of the program. We have developed a chipping tool for Javadoi:10.1002/spe.798 fatcat:f4ju3weenrgmzgqhjsvuxbyecm