Crash Dump Analysis AntiPatterns (Part 3)

I have heard engineers saying, “I didn’t know about this debugging command, let’s use it!” after training session or reading other people’s analysis of crash dumps. A year later I hear the same phrase from them about another debugging command. In the mean time they continue to use the same set of commands they know about until they hear the old new one.

This is a manifestation of Word of Mouth anti-pattern.

General solution: Know your tools. Study them proactively. RTFM.

Example solution: periodically read and re-read WinDbg help.

More refined solution: debugger.chm on Windows Mobile PC.

- Dmitry Vostokov -

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