Advanced Windows Debugging: An Introduction with Mario Hewardt and Daniel Pravat

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Software Developers Mario Hewardt and Daniel Pravat understand the complexities of debugging applications that run on Windows. In fact, they understand it so well they wrote a book, Advanced Windows Debugging. They will also be presenting their knowledge at the PDC in October during both the PreCon and regular conference. The PreCon is a chance to learn the ins and outs of windows debugging, how to use various tools, what to look for in your code in terms of buggy patterns and go way deep into the art of native debugging today. It's an incredibly interesting topic and debugging can be very, very hard. With the tools of today, you can find bugs in minutes compared to days. I highly recommend both their book (I now have a copy!) and their PreCon at PDC 08. Do check it out!

Here, we talk, at a high level, about the complexities of debugging, common problems that require debugging tools to understand and we get a demo of how to track down a handle leak in less than five minutes. In the end, debuggers will lead you back to your code and point you to the errors of your ways. When compared to the toolset we had just 5 years ago, 2008 is a great year for debuggers!

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      aL_
      best awnser to any question ever:
      "apparently we are continuing the work we've started in the past" Big Smile man i gotta remember that one Smiley gonna awser that the next time my boss asks Smiley

      i definatly agree that there is a lot in windows debugging that is unknown to the masses [including me]. people only see the "send to microsoft" dialog and give up Smiley
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      Shiv
      Just like to say Thanks a lot for the book guys Smiley . Am yet to complete reading the books but really love all the info read so far. i especially like the samples provided, i am sure the samples really helped in getting a practical knowledge of all the things explained in the book.
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      Chris​Stepaniuk
      Awesome interview.  Where did you get "The 5 Stages of Debugging"?  I'd love to get that and print it!
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      Branto

      The book is excellent, currently PDC conference isn't allowing anyone to attend just the preconference (I am unable to attend the main conference).

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      Ghita
      Hy guys !
      Just a short question: is there any way to see the PDC conference because I could only find the slides only...

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