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-- Bob Wilton, Escalation Engineer, Critical Problem Resolution Team, Microsoft


“An excellent reference for both intermediate and advanced debuggers: highly practical, and filled with tricks and strategies. This book stands out from all other Win32 debugging literature, thanks to its in-depth examples–including resolving intricate problems like stack and heap corruptions.”

-- Kinshuman, Development Lead, Windows Core OS Division, Microsoft


The First In-Depth, Real-World, Insider’s Guide to Powerful Windows Debugging


For Windows developers, few tasks are more challenging than debugging–-or more crucial. Reliable and realistic information about Windows debugging has always been scarce. Now, with over 15 years of experience two of Microsoft’s system-level developers present a thorough and practical guide to Windows debugging ever written.


Mario Hewardt and Daniel Pravat cover debugging throughout the entire application lifecycle and show how to make the most of the tools currently available–-including Microsoft’s powerful native debuggers and third-party solutions.


To help you find real solutions fast, this book is organized around real-world debugging scenarios. Hewardt and Pravat use detailed code examples to illuminate the complex debugging challenges professional developers actually face. From core Windows operating system concepts to security, Windows® Vista™ and 64-bit debugging, they address emerging topics head-on–and nothing is ever oversimplified or glossed over!


This book enables you to

  • Master today’s most powerful Windows debugging tools, including NTSD, CDB, WinDbg, KD, and ADPlus
  • Debug code that wasn’t designed or written for easy debugging
  • Understand debuggers “under the hood,” and manage symbols and sources efficiently
  • Debug complex memory corruptions related to stacks and heaps
  • Resolve complex security problems
  • Debug across processes: identity tracking, RPC debugger extensions, and tracking IPCs with Ethereal
  • Find and fix resource leaks, such as memory and handle leaks.
  • Debug common thread synchronization problems
  • Learn when and how to write custom debugger extensions
  • Perform “postmortem debugging” using crash dumps and Windows Error Reporting
  • Automate debugging with DebugDiag and the Analyze Debugger command


Whether you’re a system-level or application developer, Advanced Windows Debugging delivers the deep understanding of debugging that could save you weeks on your very next project.


Part I  Overview

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Tools

Chapter 2 Introduction to the Debuggers

Chapter 3 Debugger Uncovered

Chapter 4 Managing Symbol and Source Files

Part II Applied Debugging

Chapter 5 Memory Corruptions Part I – Stacks

Chapter 6 Memory Corruptions Part I – Heaps

Chapter 7 Security

Chapter 8 Inter-process Communication

Chapter 9 Resource Leaks

Chapter 10 Synchronization

Part III Advanced Topics

Chapter 11 Writing Custom Debugger Extensions

Chapter 12 64-bit Debugging

Chapter 13 Postmortem Debugging

Chapter 14 Power Tools

Chapter 15 Windows Vista Fundamentals

Appendix A Application Verifier Test Settings

If you like Advanced Windows Debugging, keep an eye out for  #LINK<ADVANCED .NET DEBUGGING># COMING IN NOV. 2009.

Book News Annotation:

Two Microsoft developers introduce the user mode and kernel debugging tools freely available from Microsoft and their application to solving memory corruption, security, interprocess communication, resource leak, and synchronization problems. More advanced chapters discuss custom debugging extensions, 64-bit architectures, postmortem debugging, DebugDiag, and changes in Windows Vista. Intended for experienced programmers, the sample code is written in C/C++. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Mario Hewardt is a senior design engineer with Microsoft, and has worked extensively in the Windows system level development area for the last nine years. He is currently involved with designing and implementing the next generation management protocol for Windows Longhorn.


Daniel Pravat is a senior design engineer with Microsoft and has worked in the Windows division, primarily within the Windows management area. He is currently leading a development team that has the responsibility of shipping the most reliable management platform for Windows Longhorn.

Table of Contents

Part I                                                  Overview

Chapter 1                                             Introduction to the Tools

Chapter 2                                             Introduction to the Debuggers

Chapter 3                                             Debugger Uncovered

Chapter 4                                             Managing Symbol and Source Files

Part II                                                 Applied Debugging

Chapter 5                                             Memory Corruptions Part I — Stacks

Chapter 6                                             Memory Corruptions Part I — Heaps

Chapter 7                                             Security             

Chapter 8                                             Inter-process Communication

Chapter 9                                             Resource Leaks       

Chapter 10                                           Synchronization     

Part III                                               Advanced Topics

Chapter 11                                           Writing Custom Debugger Extensions

Chapter 12                                           64-bit Debugging

Chapter 13                                           Postmortem Debugging

Chapter 14                                           Power Tools

Chapter 15                                           Windows Vista Fundamentals

Appendix A                                         Application Verifier Test Settings


Product Details

Hewardt, Mario
Addison-Wesley Professional
Foreword by:
Russinovich, Mark
Russinovich, Mark
Pravat, Daniel
Programming - Software Development
Operating Systems - Windows
Operating systems (computers)
Software Development & Engineering - General
Debugging in computer science
Operating systems (Computers) - Management
Software Engineering-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
The Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series
Publication Date:
October 2007
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9 x 7 x 1.067 in 1057 gr

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