Inside Windows Debugging

Use Windows debuggers throughout the development cycle—and build better software

Rethink your use of Windows debugging and tracing tools—and learn how to make them a key part of test-driven software development. Led by a member of the Windows Fundamentals Team at Microsoft, you’ll apply expert debugging and tracing techniques—and sharpen your C++ and C# code analysis skills—through practical examples and common scenarios. Learn why experienced developers use debuggers in every step of the development process, and not just when bugs appear.

Discover how to:

  • Go behind the scenes to examine how powerful Windows debuggers work
  • Catch bugs early in the development cycle with static and runtime analysis tools
  • Gain practical strategies to tackle the most common code defects
  • Apply expert tricks to handle user-mode and kernel-mode debugging tasks
  • Implement postmortem techniques such as JIT and dump debugging
  • Debug the concurrency and security aspects of your software
  • Use debuggers to analyze interactions between your code and the operating system
  • Analyze software behavior with Xperf and the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) framework

Table of Contents
Part I: A Bit of Background
Chapter 1. Software Development in Windows

Part II: Debugging for Fun and Profit
Chapter 2. Getting Started
Chapter 3. How Windows Debuggers Work
Chapter 4. Postmortem Debugging
Chapter 5. Beyond the Basics
Chapter 6. Code Analysis Tools
Chapter 7. Expert Debugging Tricks
Chapter 8. Common Debugging Scenarios, Part 1
Chapter 9. Common Debugging Scenarios, Part 2
Chapter 10. Debugging System Internals

Part III: Observing and Analyzing Software Behavior
Chapter 11. Introducing Xperf
Chapter 12. Inside ETW
Chapter 13. Common Tracing Scenarios

Book Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735662789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735662780
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