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Written by the founder of DumpAnalysis.org this book is not about bugs or debugging techniques but about background knowledge everyone needs to start experimenting with WinDbg, learn from practical experience and read other advanced debugging books. Solid understanding of fundamentals like pointers is needed to analyze stack traces beyond !analyze -v and lmv WinDbg commands. This is the book to help technical support and escalation engineers and Windows software testers without the knowledge of assembly language to master necessary prerequisites to understand and start debugging and crash dump analysis on Windows platforms. It doesn't require any specific knowledge, fills the gap and lowers the learning curve. The book is also useful for software engineers coming from managed code or Java background, engineers coming from non-Wintel environments, Windows C/C++ software engineers without assembly language background, security researchers and beginners learning Windows software disassembling and reverse engineering techniques. This book can also be used as Intel assembly language and Windows debugging supplement for relevant undergraduate level courses.
I am a C++/Windows developer and have been a Windows debugging enthusiast for quite a long time now. However, I have never been able to get a good and credible source of information with regards to the internals of debugging using WinDbg. Over the years, I have laid my hands on various sources that deal with Windows Debugging tools and debugging techniques. Every time I purchased a book or went through an online source, I was limited to confusing information that lead me to give up on this topic. Even reliable books that claimed to be the best in the market were nothing less than a colossal disappointment. However, recently when I came across "Windows Debugging: Practical Foundation" that was purchased by a friend of mine, I was sceptic but, nonetheless, decided to give it a chance. Trust me, although not perfect, the book has helped me a lot in learning more about windows internals and debugging techniques. I would like to extend my complements for writing a book that divulges details in a very concise yet clear manner.